Loris Karius to start Liverpool's clash with Spartak

Loris Karius will start Liverpool's Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow on Tuesday evening, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed.

The German goalkeeper will return between the sticks having figured in the Reds’ last outing in the tournament against Sevilla at Anfield on September 13.

Nevertheless, Klopp insists the decision to restore Karius to the line-up doesn’t necessarily mean he is the club’s first-choice stopper for all Champions League fixtures this season.

The manager told Liverpoolfc.com on board the team flight to Moscow: “Yes, Loris will start.

“I am not sure if I have to make a decision like this [the club’s ‘Champions League goalkeeper’]. It’s all about performing.

“That shouldn’t be taken as me saying, ‘You are not performing, you’re out of the goal’. Everyone is allowed to make mistakes or whatever, but it’s about performing in training and the games for all of our goalkeepers.

“He will play tomorrow and we will see, but Simon is the No.1 and that’s the situation.”