Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has a warning for Jürgen Klopp

Former Liverpool player Dietmar Hamann

Liverpool have slipped down to third in the Premier League table after taking just four points from their last three outings.

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has not made the most promising of starts to his Anfield career, and was heavily criticised for his performance during his side's 4-3 loss at Bournemouth last weekend, but former Reds star Dietmar Hamann warned Jürgen Klopp against dropping the 23-year-old, or risk destroying his career, when writing his column for popular bookmakers Paddy Power.

The Reds have never really replaced Pepe Reina, since he left the club on a permanent basis in the summer of 2014.

Liverpool's Loris Karius warms up before the matchLiverpool's Loris Karius 

Karius joined the club in the summer from Mainz, for a fee believed to be in the region of £4.7 million, and has made 10 appearances in all competitions for Klopp's men, conceding 10 goals in the process.

And Hamann, who made 283 appearances for Liverpool, explained how the Reds boss must show faith in Karius by continuing to play him, in spite of his recent errors, when writing his column for Paddy Power:

Liverpool's Loris Karius warms up before the matchLiverpool's Loris Karius warms up before the match

"There’s been a lot of questions about the goalkeeping position at the club, but you have to stick with Loris Karius. The fourth Bournemouth goal was a bad mistake and he should really have stopped the second one as well. But if you take Karius out of the team now you destroy him. But there is no doubt he needs to settle down and up his performances.”

Liverpool host West Ham United tomorrow, and a win will be needed to keep pace with Arsenal and Chelsea above them in the Premier League table.

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