Considering rumours have been swirling for some time now regarding Liverpool’s interest in FSV Mainz 05 goalkeeper Loris Karius, it comes as little surprise that the German international has completed a move to Merseyside for a reported fee of £4.7mil after successfully completing a medical at the clubs Melwood training facility earlier today.
“Of course he was a factor – a big factor,” said the 22-year old, confirming that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp played a big part in his decision to make the switch to Anfield. “I spoke to him and I had a good feeling afterwards because he told me what he wants to do with the club and with the players,” he continued. “It was a good talk with him and after that I was convinced this was the right decision,” enthused Karius, before adding, “As a young player like me, he’s the right coach to do the next steps [in my career], to develop well and bring my game on. I’m sure he will help me, but it’s also on me.”
Now, of course, the real question is whether or not the 22-year old has been brought in as a replacement for or an understudy to incumbent shot-stopper Simon Mignolet. In a shockingly successful season, Die Nullfünfer finished sixth in the Bundesliga and Karius, who had a previous stint with Manchester City, was a very big part of their success, keeping 9-clean sheets in 34-appearances for the club. For now, of course, the official line is that he’s here to provide competition for the Belgian and step in when needed, but there’s no question that he’ll be looking to usurp a spot in the starting eleven in the very near future after putting pen to paper on a five year contract.
“Of course, otherwise I wouldn’t make the move, if I thought I was just going to sit on the bench,” said the German when asked if his ultimate goal was first team football. “I want to play and I feel like I will be able to do that if I do well in training and pre-season and the pre-season games. I’m confident,” he said, sounding full of piss and vinegar. “I’ve played almost 100 league games in Germany, so I’m young but I’m experienced. I’m not afraid of anything,” continued Karius. “I want to be in goal and play for Liverpool every week. And then win a trophy with the club, that’s what everyone wants. I want to do my part and help.”