Loris Karius had a ‘positive’ loan debut for Union Berlin, according to his new coach. The German goalkeeper faced Hannover 96 in a friendly.
Loris Karius completed a loan move to Union Berlin late in the transfer window. Karius, who hasn’t played for Liverpool since May 2018, previously spent two years with Besiktas.
That deal never became permanent, however, and the goalkeeper terminated the loan contract in May – a month early. But instead of staying with Liverpool for the season, Karius left to return to his home country.
And the first game went well. Karius faced Bundesliga 2 team Hannover 96 in a friendly, with Union Berlin running out 4-1 winners. Coach Urs Fischer was then complimentary of his new goalkeeper after the game.
“[The first thoughts are] positive – it wasn’t easy for him,” he said, per Bild. “In the first half, he had almost nothing to do. A shot that he had to keep – otherwise he was unemployed.”
The team did concede once, of course, but the boss didn’t put any blame on Karius. Instead, he felt the defence didn’t handle the situation properly.
“We just didn’t do it well, we weren’t ready,” he said.
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Karius is suddenly back in the spotlight after Adrian’s howler against Aston Villa last week. Or at least Liverpool’s decision to send him away is.
In truth, whether they’d kept Adrian or Karius isn’t the biggest deal in the world. Both are back up goalkeepers at best with Liverpool and neither come without mistakes. There really isn’t much between them.
But fans will wonder if the Reds got this one wrong if Karius has a solid season. Adrian may now have to play quite a few games after Alisson’s injury and if he struggles, people will naturally wonder if the grass could have been a little greener.
What about the future, then? Per the Liverpool Echo, Karius has a complicated contract situation. His original deal expired in June 2021 but he seems to have signed a one-year extension ahead of his loan to Besiktas.
That would suggest that he’ll be back with the Reds in 2021. Whether he has a long-term future, though, may purely depend on how Adrian does this season.