Liverpool’s Loris Karius is close to joining Newcastle United on a free transfer as he undergoes a medical on Tyneside, according to reports.
Karius, who played 49 games in all competitions for the Merseysiders, was released by the Reds in the summer after his contract expired in June.
The former Germany Under-21 international played fairly regularly for Liverpool until 2018 when he made two strikes 3-1 Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.
Karius’ throw deflected Karim Benzema to net the first goal of the evening before mishandling a long-range shot from Gareth Bale to guide Real Madrid for the third time of the night.
Jurgen Klopp claimed after the match that Karius’ errors were “100% affected by the concussion” he suffered during the match. Klopp added: “We don’t use it as an excuse, we use it to explain. For me, that’s 100% explanation. [for his performance]. He was affected by that blow – that is, 100%.”
Karius did not play another competitive game for Liverpool again before his release this summer, as the German spent time on loan at Besiktas for two seasons before giving Union Berlin a boost in 2020-21.
Despite returning to Liverpool last summer, Klopp has not included Karius in his squad for this season and after a year in the wild he is on the verge of joining Newcastle.
And the Sky Sports Journalist Keith Downey claims Newcastle are “close to” signing Karius in a “short-term” deal with the former Mainz goalkeeper undergoing a medical.
Downey Books TwitterNewcastle are close to signing former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius after an ankle injury against Karl Darlow in training yesterday. Karius is a free agent and is already in Newcastle for a medical procedure prior to the short-term move.”
He added: “Newcastle No. 2 Martin Dubravka is on loan to Man United and cannot be called up until January under the terms of his contract. Darlow’s scan shows a rupture of the ankle ligaments that were tuned to receive a spell on the sidelines. Karius’ contract with Liverpool expired in June after a loan spell at Union Berlin.” .
Karius will provide cover for Nick Pope after Karl Darlow sustained an ankle injury while training with Jordi’s fans in the hope that the former Liverpool goalkeeper would not be needed.
Newcastle chief Eddie Howe – who has overseen the positive changes since replacing Steve Bruce last season – was speaking to Alan Shearer in a wide-ranging interview with Athletic and the former Bournemouth manager claims he is “not as nice” as he once was.
“Maybe I’m not as cute as I used to be,” said Howe. “And I’m serious when I answer that. Because football changes you. I’ve definitely seen my personality gradually change over time.”
“It’s not that I’m not nice when I need to – I like to think I’m still there for my players in every way – but you get so caught up in football, you live the results, you train, as the captain of the club in terms of the pitch and everything that happens on it.
“You can’t think about things. You have a decision to make knowing you affect people’s future and lives, but no, it’s the right thing to do. Your emotional side should be second to your critical eye and decision. How do you communicate this news? This is where your personality is concerned.
“I’m a big believer in handing things the right way, but if there’s a decision to be made, you have to make it. You can’t be too kind.”