Liverpool face uphill battle to get 28-year-old off the wage bill in January
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Report: Liverpool want Loris Karius off the wage bill early in January

Liverpool want Loris Karius off the wage bill in January, according to reports. The German’s contract expires at the end of the season.

This comes from the Athletic. They claim that Liverpool will try to sell Loris Karius in January – or at least find someone to take him for free.

The German is back at Anfield this season but isn’t registered to play. He’s also a distant fourth-choice in goal, behind Alisson Becker, Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian. That isn’t changing anytime soon, either.

In fact, the expectation was that Karius would have left by now. Liverpool sent him on a two-year loan to Besiktas in 2018, which was supposed to lead to a permanent transfer. Instead, the Turkish side sent him back early after a dispute over wages.

A year with Union Berlin last season ended with Karius barely playing before returning to Liverpool. There were some fairly high hopes that one would work out – again, though, things didn’t go Karius’s way.

Now, Karius will definitely leave in 2021. His contract expires in the summer but Liverpool don’t really want to pay his wages until then. After all, they’re not getting anything for them as the 28-year-old just doesn’t play.

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This will be an uphill battle. It would be far easier for teams to integrate Karius in the summer, when more goalkeeper spots open up around Europe. On top of that, he hasn’t played this season – it’s not like he can jump in and help out right away.

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We’re not sure many teams will look at Karius as a January option, then. Maybe if someone is in dire need of a goalkeeper but that would simply be blind luck on Liverpool’s part.

We expect Karius to stick around until his contract expires in the summer. It’s really not ideal for any involved party but it’s tough to see any alternative coming about.

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