Liverpool FC have completed the signing of Loris Karius from FSV Mainz 05. The German goalkeeper, 22, has been a fixture in the Mainz side in recent seasons, following a stint at Manchester City at underage.
Capped for the German u21 team, he made 34 Bundesliga appearances last season, keeping eight clean sheets as Mainz secured a sixth place finish.
Speaking to the club website, Karius spoke of his excitement at the move.
“It’s a very good feeling and it’s an honour to play for a club like this.
“They have a special history and the fans are amazing here, so I look forward to playing at Anfield.
“I know a lot about the club from watching them on TV. The history, everybody who plays football knows. There a lot of things in my head when I think of this club.
“I spoke to the manager and I had a good feeling afterwards because he told me what he wants to do with the club and with the players.
“It was a good talk with him and after that I was convinced this was the right decision.”
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 24, 2016
This means that Simon Mignolet will be under pressure to hold onto his first team place next season, and Karius has been allocated the number 1 jersey.
Fans have reacted positively to the news.
OUR NEW KEEPER
2ND BEST KEEPER RATED IN BUNDESLIGA
— Abhinav (@abhiverma842) May 24, 2016
On the topic of 'keepers, Loris Karius is an incredible signing for #LFC.
— Luke Osman (@LukeOsmanRS) May 24, 2016