Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that Anfield’s forgotten man Loris Karius, who is FIFTH in the goalkeeper’s ranking, can find a new club in January while the German cancels his contract in the summer.
- Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius expected to leave Anfield in January
- He hasn’t played for the Reds since the 2018 Champions League final in Kyiv
- Jurgen Klopp hopes the 28-year-old German can find a new club in January
Jurgen Klopp is adamant that Liverpool’s forgotten man Loris Karius can still have a top career, even if he has no future at Anfield.
Karius was one of Klopp’s first signings, but the German goalkeeper has not played for the first team in a competitive game since his disastrous appearance in the 2018 Champions League final when he made two errors in a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kyiv.
Karius has since been loaned to Besiktas and Union Berlin, but this season he has been a fixture at Liverpool’s Kirkby training base, teaming up with Alisson Becker and the other goalkeepers led by goalkeeper coach John Achterberg.
Liverpool’s Loris Karius is out of a contract this summer, but could leave The Reds in January
Karius, 28, poses for a photo with the rest of the Liverpool goalkeeper division in training
The 28-year-old’s contract will expire at the end of the season, but Liverpool would allow him to leave this month if an opportunity presented itself; Klopp hopes there will be offers before the end of the period, as he believes Karius deserves a fresh start.
“There are several things,” Klopp said. “One of them is Loris Karius the player, who is doing absolutely nothing wrong and he is in very good shape, he is training very hard. He is fully committed, the goalkeeper coaches are fully involved. That is obvious.
Before the season we made a decision and of course it was also in the interest of the club that Loris would find a new club, but that did not happen. We have decided that he will be treated perfectly normally, absolutely.”
There have been suggestions that Karius could have been lined up as cover if Liverpool’s Carabao Cup match against Arsenal last week had gone as planned, but Klopp said: “As long as we don’t have a massive (injury) situation here, our number 1 is Ali, No 2 is Caoimhin (Kelleher), No 3 is Adrian, No 4 is Marcelo (Pitaluga). That’s already four goalkeepers and we’ve never been in a situation where we had to use a fifth.’
Klopp continues: “It has nothing to do with quality. We made the decision and the boys are obviously doing very well. I think everyone is impressed with Caoimhin Kelleher’s development who is ready for just about anything.
Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that Karius will find a new club as he looks to get his career back on track
Karius gave Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema a goal in the Champions League final in Kiev
The German shot-stopper will be forever remembered for his roar in the 2018 final in Kiev
Karius is fifth choice behind, among others, Alisson Becker, Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian
“We all know Adrian’s quality and the impact he has on training and in the dressing room; he would always be ready. Marcelo is an incredible talent, the next is line. Lori? I only wish him the best. He will find a club whether it is or in the summer. He’ll move on from there, I’m sure.’
Harvey Elliott, meanwhile, is taking the next step in his comeback from a broken ankle when he starts training next week. The young midfielder, who had made such an impressive start to the season, was injured in Leeds on September 12, but his rehabilitation has gone smoothly.