Despite failure to qualify for a European competition, it’s likely to be a busy summer at Liverpool.
However, it seems Jurgen Klopp isn’t willing to wait for the transfer window to open to start negotiations with transfer targets.
That’s because Goal.com are reporting that the club are expected to announce the signing of goalkeeper Loris Karius by next Wednesday.
The 22-year-old is currently playing for Klopp’s former side, Mainz, but he will likely finalise a £4.7 million transfer to Merseyside in the coming days.
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Despite being relatively young for a goalkeeper, Karius has already played 91 times in the Bundesliga for the German side. The ‘keeper had a release clause of under £8 million but Mainz are willing to allow the Germany Under-21 international to leave for a lot less than that.
It probably helps that Klopp is a bit of a legend at the German club. The 48-year-old played for Mainz for 15 seasons and became their longest-serving manager after he had hung up his boots.
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But if the move to Liverpool does materialise, it won’t be the first English club Karius has signed for.
In 2009, Manchester City snapped up the talented stopper from Stuttgart but he only played in under-18 and under-21 matches without making a senior appearance during his two years at the Etihad.
He was loaned out to Mainz in August 2011 and made the move permanent in 2012. He has since become the first choice goalkeeper at the club and played every minute of Mainz’s league campaign this season as they finished an impressive sixth.
His nine clean sheets also saw him voted as the third best goalkeeper in the division in a poll ran by bundesliga.com.
Liverpool fans will be pleased with the signing of a goalkeeper to put pressure on current number one Simon Mignolet. The Belgian may have signed a long-term contract in January, but many Kopites still aren’t convinced by the former Sunderland man.
But Klopp hasn’t had the luxury to be able to rotate his goalkeepers. Adam Bogdan has been unconvincing during his handful of appearances while Danny Ward spent the majority of the campaign on loan at Aberdeen.
Bogdan is expected to leave Anfield this summer while Ward will reportedly join Huddersfield on a season-long loan.
It means that Klopp knew that he needed to bring in another goalkeeper and has seemingly moved quickly to do so.
Karius will join Joel Matip and Marko Grujic at Anfield - two signings that have already been confirmed by the club.