Loris Karius has confirmed that he had the option to stay at Liverpool following his loan move to Bundesliga outfit Union Berlin last month.
Karius, 27, left the Reds again earlier this summer transfer window in what is the German goalkeeper’s third loan spell in three years, having spent two seasons Besiktas in Turkey.
The former Mainz shot-stopper is still yet to make an appearance for Liverpool since his error-strewn display against Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final.
He is yet to feature for Union Berlin since joining in October yet Karius has since told German media he was initially unsure whether he would be heading out on loan again this season, and that he did indeed have the option to remain at Liverpool.
Speaking in an interview with German publication Bild, Karius said: “I wasn’t sure whether to go or stay.”
“The option to stay was definitely there because, even if you are not the first goalkeeper, you get your playing time through the cup competitions and the many games.
“Then the decision matured that I wanted to be in goal week after week.
“I still have a few more years of contract with Liverpool, and I don’t know what the situation will look like next summer.”
What RTK has to say
It’s nice to hear Karius’ perspective on the matter and it is equally intriguing to hear that the goalkeeper indeed wasn’t pushed out of the door by Liverpool. Hopefully, it can prove to be a beneficial move for both parties.
The reality is that Liverpool just could warrant a reason to keep Karius at Anfield for the 2020/21 season as he was effectively fourth choice in the pecking order behind the likes of Alisson Becker, Adrian and Caoimhín Kelleher.
Unfortunately for Karius, his display in Kiev over two years ago has just proven too significant for both the player and club to look beyond and it seems as if any potential future at the club for Karius remain increasingly unlikely.