Liverpool are reportedly considering releasing Loris Karius in January six months before his contract expires, according to the ECHO.
It would be a sad ending to his time as a Liverpool player and it could have ended so differently if that night in Kyiv had gone differently.
The German was guilty of two dreadful mistakes on the biggest stage, as he threw the ball straight to Karim Benzema in the 2018 Champions League final before fumbling a Gareth Bale long-range shot, dropping it into the back of the net.
His misery was trebled when Bale scored arguably the greatest European Cup final goal of all time with an outstanding overhead kick from 15 yards.
Karius was unable to find a permanent club in the summer transfer window and it is now being reported by the Liverpool ECHO that the club could release him in January.
The Reds are reportedly willing to release him six months early to give him the chance to resurrect his stalling career and, with his contract set to expire in June 2022, it’s a solution that could benefit all parties involved.
For Liverpool, it allows them to get his wages off the books six months early and, for Karius, it is a chance to restart and put his nightmarish spell as a Red behind him.
It’s a real pity as he is a better goalkeeper than Adrian but, because of his traumatic history as the club’s no.1, he can’t stay at the club even as the no.3 behind Caoimhín Kelleher and Alisson Becker.
Basel and Montpellier are mentioned as two clubs that hold an interest in Karius but a move didn’t materialise in the summer. Now the hope is that, by waving a fee for his services, Liverpool can help Karius move on and start fresh elsewhere.
It is a regrettable end to Karius’s time at Liverpool but, hopefully, he can get his wish and join a new club in January and make a success of his prime years as a goalkeeper.