Confidence building for Karius

13 February 2018 12:55:43 EST

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius feels getting a steady run of games in the first-team is helping him build up his confidence.

The 24-year-old German has earned the nod from compatriot Jurgen Klopp for five successive Premier League games recently, managing two clean sheets along the way in a run where the Reds have picked up three wins.

Karius and Simon Mignolet have battled to be Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper since Klopp arrived at the club, with both at times undermining their prospects with high profile errors.

For now, it is Karius that seems to be winning the battle and, ahead of a Champions League trip to Porto on Wednesday evening, he admits his confidence is increasing with each game.

It definitely helps when you play regularly instead of coming in and out of the team.

Loris Karius

"I am feeling good and getting consistent game time helps a lot," he told The Telegraph. "In the last few games I have had more stuff to do and I have been able to make some saves, which gives you more confidence.

"I have had a lot of experience but it definitely helps when you play regularly instead of coming in and out of the team."

Liverpool are 7/4 to keep a clean sheet in their last-16 first leg in Porto, while the Reds are 23/20 to win the game.

Karius knows the importance of setting up the tie for the second leg at Anfield with a positive outcome.

"Having the second game at home can be a real advantage for us," Karius said. "But for it to be an advantage we need to put ourselves in a good position in the tie."

Liverpool are 8/1 to win the first leg against Porto 2-1.

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