Liverpool haven’t made many missteps in the transfer market since Michael Edwards took over recruitment policy. There have been a few aberrations though, some more drastic than others. One of the club’s less successful signings left on loan again this summer. Loris Karius has revealed a conversation he had with Jürgen Klopp before leaving on loan.
Karius at Liverpool
Liverpool signed Loris Karius from Mainz in 2016, paying Jürgen Klopp’s old club £4.7m for the goalkeeper.
Initially the shot stopper seemed a positive buy. There was a sense of optimism around the German.
Sure, he still made a couple of mistakes and should’ve saved some soft efforts but he was still regularly putting in strong performances and showing great potential – he showed a penchant for stopping pens in particular.
However, all good faith was destroyed when he cost us the Champions League final in Kiev. The German threw the game away with two horrendous mistakes.
Shortly after Alisson Becker was brought in and Karius was shipped off to Turkey.
Loris Karius on Klopp comments
This summer Karius joined Union Berlin on a season long loan. A return to the Bundesliga is thought to be the best move for the goalkeeper, heading back home could help him reclaim his confidence.
Loris Karius has spoken about a conversation he had with Jürgen Klopp ahead of his move, the Daily Mirror have quoted the keeper as saying:
“It was always fair and honest. He always tells you what the situation is like. We always had a good relationship and never had a problem. His successes speak for themselves. He is currently one of the best coaches of the world.
“He said it (the move to Union) is a good step that I have the chance to distinguish myself here and that I can show everyone that I’m a really good one I am a goalkeeper.”
What RTK has to say
We keep on hearing that word: honest. Adam Lallana said the same about the gaffer when he discussed his departure from the Reds.
The pair clearly have a lot of respect for how the boss handled their transfers and their roles within the squad.
We can too easily forget that Karius is still young and he still has plenty of potential. He has just had a few tough seasons after one nightmare evening.
Fingers crossed he’ll get his career back on track back in the Bundesliga.