Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hoping Loris Karius – who is fifth in the goalkeeper standings – can find a new club in January as the German’s contract expires in the summer.
- Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is expected to leave Anfield in January
- He has not played for the Reds since the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev
- Jurgen Klopp hopes the 28-year-old German can find a new club in January
Jurgen Klopp insists forgotten Liverpool man Loris Karius can still enjoy a top-class career despite he has no future at Anfield.
Karius was one of Klopp’s early signings, but the German goalkeeper has not played for the first team in a competitive match since his disastrous performance in the 2018 Champions League final, when he made two mistakes in the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in Kiev.
At the time, Karius had had loan spells at Besiktas and Union Berlin, but has been a fixture at Kirkby’s training base at Liverpool this season, working with Alisson Becker and other goalkeepers under goalkeeper coach John Ashterberg.
Liverpool’s Loris Karius’ contract will expire in the summer, but he could leave the Reds in January
Karius, 28, poses for a photo with the rest of Liverpool’s goalkeepers in training
The 28-year-old’s contract will expire at the end of the season but Liverpool will let him leave this month if given a chance; Klopp is hoping there will be offers before the end of the window as he feels Karius deserves a fresh start.
“There are different things,” Klopp said. One of them is Loris Karius, the player, who never does anything wrong and is in really good shape, he trains really hard. He’s fully committed, and the goalkeeper coaches are fully committed. This is a clear.
Before the season, we made a decision and it is clearly in the interest of the club as well for Lloris to find a new club but that did not happen. We made a decision that he would be treated completely normal, just like that.
There have been suggestions that Karius could have been recruited as a cover if Liverpool’s Carabao Cup match against Arsenal had gone ahead on schedule last week, but Klopp said: ‘As long as we don’t have a big (injury) situation here, our number 1 is Ali. , No. 2 is Caoimhin (Kelleher), No. 3 is Adrian, No. 4 is Marcelo (Pitaluga). This is already four goalkeepers and we were not in a situation where we had to use a fifth.
Klopp continued: “It’s not about quality. We made the decision and the boys are doing a really good job. I think everyone has been impressed by the development of Caoimhin Kelleher who is ready for almost everything.
Jurgen Klopp is hoping Karius will find a new club as he looks to get his career back on track
Karius gifted Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema a goal in the Champions League final in Kiev
The German goalkeeper will be remembered forever for his shouting in the 2018 final in Kiev
Karius is the fifth choice behind the likes of Alison Becker, Kawimhen Kelleher and Adrian
“We all know Adrian’s quality and influence in training and in the dressing room; he will always be ready. Marcelo is a great talent, next is the line. Lloris? I wish him nothing but the best. He will find a club both now and in the summer. From there he will continue, I’m very sure.
Meanwhile, Harvey Elliott will take the next step in his comeback from a broken ankle when he joins full training next week. The young midfielder, who had a great start to the season, was injured at Leeds on 12 September, but his rehabilitation has gone smoothly.