Soul-crushed Liverpool star reveals broken promises after a nightmarish 2020/21 season

Loris Karius has revealed how promises were broken by Union Berlin and how he hopes to prove his worth after a nightmarish 2020/21 season.

It’s difficult to believe that the German is now 28 after he was signed by Liverpool in 2016 from Mainz for a fee worth around £4.7million.

He arrived at Anfield as a 23-year-old with a lot of promise and Liverpool fans will remember how good he was in the buildup to the Champions League final in Kiev where the world came crashing down around him.

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 26: Loris Karius of Liverpool looks dejected following his sides defeat in the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.
KIEV, UKRAINE – MAY 26: Loris Karius of Liverpool looks dejected following his sides defeat in the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. PHOTO BY LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/GETTY IMAGES.

His mistakes in the 3-1 final defeat seem like a decade ago but in the three years since Real Madrid soundly beat the Reds, in the Champions League final, Karius’ career has taken a nosedive.

He was given a standing ovation by Liverpool supporters in his first pre-season game after the final but has since gone out on loan to Besiktas and Union Berlin.

The latter seems to have broken promises to the goalkeeper and he has spoken publicly about his nightmarish 2020/21 season in an interview with BILD.

This season, he played a total of five games for just 381 minutes.

He said: “Of course, when I moved, I was told that I would play, otherwise I wouldn’t have come either. We looked each other in the eye at the end of the season and shook hands.

FREIBURG IM BREISGAU, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 20: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) goalkeeper Loris Karius of 1.FC Union Berlin Looks on during the Bundesliga match between Sport-Club Freiburg and 1. FC Union Berlin at Schwarzwald-Stadion on February 20, 2021 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.
FREIBURG IM BREISGAU, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 20: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) goalkeeper Loris Karius of 1.FC Union Berlin Looks on during the Bundesliga match between Sport-Club Freiburg and 1. FC Union Berlin at Schwarzwald-Stadion on February 20, 2021 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

“Everyone told me that I was incredibly important to the team and that they were sorry how it went. But when you look at it all, it was certainly not exactly fair. Simply because of what was shown to me in advance.

“I want to prove something to myself and the people. I am extremely hungry and motivated.

“As of now, I’ll be at Liverpool on July 12th. There is still a lot going on at the moment. Because of the European championship and corona, the transfer market will pick up rather late. I’ll keep everything open and will make the right decision for myself.”

“It is important to me that it fits. The club has to be up for it, I have to be up for it and the coach has to be up for it.

BREMEN, GERMANY - JANUARY 02: goalkeeper coach Michael Gspurning and Loris Karius of 1 FC Union Berlin before the game between Werder Bremen and the 1 FC Union Berlin at the Weser-Stadium on January 2, 2021 in Bremen, Germany.
BREMEN, GERMANY – JANUARY 02: goalkeeper coach Michael Gspurning and Loris Karius of 1 FC Union Berlin before the game between Werder Bremen and the 1 FC Union Berlin at the Weser-Stadium on January 2, 2021 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Mathias Renner/City-Press via Getty Images)

“Last year taught me again that you have to exchange ideas intensively with those responsible and that you really have to pay attention to your intuition.

“I don’t know if it has to be something completely exotic. But [a move to] Spain, Italy – I can already imagine something like that, if it fits.”

Liverpool’s first choice ‘keeper is unquestionably Alisson while contract extensions for Kelleher and Adrian show that there is no room for Karius to remain at Anfield beyond pre-season.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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