Liverpool have agreed a deal with Union Berlin for Loris Karius, according to reports. They appear to have reversed their stance to get it done.
Kicker claims that Loris Karius will return to Germany with Union Berlin. Liverpool have agreed a deal already and you can expect the goalkeeper to leave before long.
The interesting thing, however, is that it’s not a permanent deal. Instead, Karius will depart on another loan – this coming after a two-year spell with Besiktas in Turkey.
If true, Liverpool appear to have changed their plans and gone in a different direction to get this one over the line.
Settling on Karius
Paul Gorst of the Liverpool Echo recently held a Q&A where Karius came up. There, he claimed that Liverpool wanted the player off the wage bill. There’s a key line, though –
“Under no circumstances are the club open to loan deals, though, is my information.”
It was an understandable stance, too. Karius has spent two years away and come back in exactly the same position. It’s reasonable to assume Liverpool will need to deal with him again next summer.
But if they want him off the wage bill, this may be the only way. Karius’s reputation isn’t exactly strong right now, after all, and there may not be any clubs willing to pay a fee for him.
Thus another loan is the only option. It does come with hope, though. If he performs in his homeland – as he did with Mainz – then perhaps Liverpool can sell him for a decent price next year.
He did well enough back in 2016 to secure his £4.7m move to Liverpool, after all. Fingers crossed he can impress again now he’s back at home.