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Liverpool using RUGBY training to help Lorius Karius adjust to the Premier League's rough and tumble – Mirror.co.uk


Loris Karius is acclimatising to the Premier League by adopting rugby contact sessions in training!

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed his summer-signing keeper is put through his paces by position coach John Achterberg using rugby pads, such is the intense physicality of English football.

Even in his native Germany, the 23-year-old has never experienced such rough and tumble in matches.

And after a run of bruising contests against Manchester United, West Brom and Crystal Palace , his manager revealed the measures they are taking.

“Simon [Mignolet, Liverpool’s other keeper] was the same. John Achterberg usually does it with his hands. Of course, that’s important. Different things you have to do as a coach,” Klopp explained.

“First he has to learn the technique, then you have to adapt to the real circumstances — six, seven players around him.

“No-one gets out of your way. It is completely the opposite.

“That’s not a specific preparation for Crystal Palace [who Liverpool beat on Saturday]. That’s for goalkeepers in the Premier League.”

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