Karius set to extend Union Berlin loan to avoid Liverpool return

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Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is keen to spend the final season of his contract with the Reds on loan with Union Berlin.

The 27-year-old is on loan in the German capital after fall out of favor under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

He was responsible for two of the goals scored in Real Madrid’s Champions League victory over Liverpool in May 2018.


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Since then, his Premier League career has pretty much been over.

Asked about extending his stay with Union Berlin, Karius told Sport Bild (via Goal): “I still have a contract with Liverpool until 2022. But of course I can imagine staying in Berlin if all goes well.

“I’m not just passing through here. The mentality of the people and the team spirit make me feel good.

If Karius extended his loan deal for another season it would save him an awkward return to Liverpool.

The shooter could join Union for good once his contract with the Reds expires in June 2022.

He started four of his last five Bundesliga games and kept his clean sheet in the recent win against Freiburg.

Union sees Karius as an effective replacement for current number one Andreas Luthe. The 33-year-old kept Karius on the bench for most of the campaign but had to take special leave recently, missing three matches.

Klopp and Liverpool solved their goaltending nightmare by signing Alisson Becker for £ 67million in July 2018.

The Brazil international was the world’s most expensive goalkeeper at the time but has since proven his worth.

He made it to the 2019 Champions League final as Liverpool beat Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs.

He also recorded an impressive 15 clean sheets last season as the Reds won their first-ever Premier League title.

Alisson’s replacement is Adrian, a keeper not without its flaws.

But Karius is surplus to needs and looks set to leave Liverpool without even returning.

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