James Pearce reports that Liverpool will release Loris Karius at the end of the season after he was unable to find a club in January.
The German was unable to find a club willing to take him on loan or even negotiate a free transfer, with Anfield Central informed that Liverpool were willing to terminate his contract to let him leave and kickstart his career.
It would have been a small kindness that would have also benefitted the club as it would have helped get his £65,000 per week wages off the books with absolutely no chance of the former Mainz goalkeeper making another appearance for the club this season.
Alisson Becker is naturally the first-choice goalkeeper for the Reds but Caiomhin Kelleher has emerged as an unbelievably good no.2 that it’s a matter of time before Liverpool will begin wondering if the 23-year-old will start exploring his options beyond Anfield.
As a Liverpool fan, I don’t want to see the Irishman leave the club as he gives Jurgen Klopp peace of mind knowing that if Alisson gets injured, he knows that he has a quality backup but Kelleher could start for several Premier League sides.
Karius has had a nightmarish Liverpool career and it breaks my heart to see how things have unravelled for him since that fateful night in Kiev. He’s really not a bad goalkeeper and deserves better.
Unfortunately, football can be unforgiving and his career at Liverpool is all but over even if he will remain at the club for another six months.
His contract expires on June 30th and so he will be free to leave the club on the 1st of July but until then, Liverpool are obliged to pay his wages.
He was one of Jurgen Klopp’s first signings and for a time, he was one of the top performers under the German but Karius never recovered from his Champions League nightmare.
Loans to Besiktas and Union Berlin did little to restore his confidence or reputation and at 28, it’s difficult to imagine there are many top clubs out there lining up to take him on but hopefully he can find a fairytale ending to what has been a nightmarish last few years.
Origi/Minamino were both happy to stay and fight for a place until May. No move for Karius who will leave as a free agent this summer. Anyway, break over for the players and the squad back in training at Kirkby today as preparations start for Cardiff in the FA Cup on Sunday #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) February 1, 2022