Jurgen Klopp is set to leave Loris Karius out of his UEFA Champions League squad in favour of Adrian, according to reports. Here are three reasons why he’ll likely make that decision.
Liverpool supposedly spent all of transfer deadline day trying to sell Loris Karius. They were unsuccessful, however.
But that doesn’t mean they’ve failed. While most transfer deadlines in Europe have passed, not all of them have. Turkey’s transfer window, for instance, remains open.
Thus Liverpool could still sell the German. The potential that they do so means they won’t want to include him in their UEFA Champions League squad. Otherwise, they risk being a man light.
Both Karius and Adrian had different promises this summer. For Karius, it was that he would be sold. Liverpool tried to, as above, but haven’t got it done yet.
Adrian, though, agreed on a new contract. There was little chance of that happening unless he was guaranteed a spot in Liverpool’s squads.
Reversing the plans here only stands to upset the Spaniard. We imagine he’s a well-liked member of the squad, given the choice to keep him around. Does hurting that relationship make any sense?
We think people might be overstating Karius’s quality. While Adrian certainly has his faults, so does the 28-year-old.
There’s a reason, after all, that Karius only played five games for Union Berlin last season. It’s the same reason Besiktas decided they didn’t want him.
It’s also the reason Liverpool are finding it so difficult to sell Karius. His stock is incredibly low and no one seems to see much quality in him.
Liverpool’s choice may simply come down to rating Adrian above his teammate. And we’re not sure you can argue against that – the evidence points one way.