Loris Karius’ two-year spell at Liverpool may be close to coming to an end.
The under-fire German goalkeeper has lost his place as number one goalkeeper following the £65m acquisition of Alisson Becker from Roma last week, which could, in turn, lead to the German seeking an exit from the club.
The Telegraph have reported on Monday that Karius has been put out by Alisson’s arrival, to the point where he is actively considering his future with the Premier League side. There is absolutely no doubt that Brazilian will be the first-choice stopper for Jurgen Klopp this season, leaving Karius with a tough decision to make.
The 25-year-old arrived from Mainz in a £4.7m deal in 2016, with the aim of ousting Simon Mignolet as the club’s number one. However, a broken wrist shortly after his arrival and questionable form in his first season meant that it was only midway through the last campaign when he finally became Liverpool’s main goalkeeper.
However, a disastrous showing in the Champions League final, coupled with uninspiring form in the Reds’ opening pre-season friendlies, convinced Klopp and the Liverpool board to go all out and finally bring Alisson to Anfield in a world-record deal.
Karius had another poor performance in the friendly defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Sunday night, the social media criticism for which was so severe that he was forced to defend himself on Instagram.
Karius on Instagram… pic.twitter.com/l91xUMpekp
— The Liverbird (@TheLiverbird123) July 23, 2018
Danny Ward, who had looked in contention to take Karius’ spot before Alisson’s signing, has already departed for Leicester, leaving the German and Mignolet battling it out to be the team’s understudy. The latter has already been looking to leave Anfield this summer, but it seems only certain that only one of he and Karius will be allowed to depart.