The Sunday Night Takeaway: How do you solve a problem like a Liverpool goalkeeper?

Loris Karius struggled in Liverpool's loss to Bournemouth

BY Daniel Kelly 19:18 Sunday 4 December 2016, 19:18 4 Dec 2016

Loris Karius. Picture by Joe Giddens PA Wire/PA Images

Sunday's Premier League double-header saw Liverpool and Manchester United end the day with more questions and answers.

Liverpool looked on course to defeat Bournemouth and close the gap to Chelsea at the top of the Premier League to a point. Instead, they conceded four second-half goals, and three in the last 15 minutes to lose 4-3. Manchester United's poor form continues too, as they dropped two points in a 1-1 draw away to Everton. 

Can Liverpool settle on a goalkeeper? 

Loris Karius was one of Jurgen Klopp's key signings last summer. The German goalkeeper joined from Mainz, with a view to replacing Simon Mignolet as first-choice at Anfield.

A broken hand in a pre-season match against Chelsea, curtailed his debut until September. In October he was confirmed as the first-choice keeper by Klopp.

Since then, Karius has struggled at times, but his nadir came on Sunday afternoon. The 23-year-old spilled a shot in added time, that allowed Nathan Ake score the winner for Eddie Howe's side. From a point, where the three points looked assured, Liverpool left the south coast with nothing.

League-winning sides have a strong spine, but Karius has yet to impress. Liverpool's title rivals all have strong goalkeepers, and while Karius may reach that level, he is failing to do so right now.

After the match, manager Jurgen Klopp had no issue defending his man.

Is Mourinho the problem at Manchester United? 

Marouane Fellaini's rush of blood to the head, will make the headlines from the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, but the problems run deeper for England's most successful team.

Manchester United have now won only one of their last eight games, and two of their last 11, after Leighton Baines' late penalty. Jose Mourinho's first 14 league games have yielded 21 points. David Moyes' team earned 22 in the same period.

Although December has only just begun, Manchester United's Premier League quest looks to be over. They lie 13 points behind leaders Chelsea, and nine behind fourth placed Manchester City. Liverpool and Arsenal also have at least a nine-point advantage over Mourinho's side.

Since his first full season at Porto, in 2002-03, Mourinho has finished at least in third place, with his first season at a new club. The Mourinho that many people expected when appointed, expected to give Manchester United a bounce.

Right now, there is no sign of it. That's worrying for Manchester United fans.

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