After Liverpool announced the arrival of their new German goalkeeper earlier this week, the new breath of fresh air will help the progression to Jurgen Klopp's reign as he adds to his two previous signings made in January.
At the age of just 22, the former Mainz 05 keeper, Loris Karius, is a goalkeeper that will offer stern competition for Simon Mignolet.
Not only was he voted second best goalkeeper to Manuel Neuer in the Bundesliga last season, he kept nine clean sheets in 34 league games.
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Karius started his career at German side SSV Ulm 1846 at the age of eight in 2001, and then made his first big move in 2005 to another German side, Stuttgart.
Again, he stayed at the club for four years and then came to England to have a place in Manchester City's youth team until he turned 18. A lot of teams took an interest in the upcoming star, but it was Mainz 05 who got his signature to sign for the German side.
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Jurgen Klopp's first managerial job started at Mainz 05 and successfully took them back to the first tier of German football.
Klopp was still at Borussia Dortmund when Karius joined Mainz, but he has kept his eye on the player through his time at Dortmund, and revealed to LiverpoolFC.com that he is delighted with signing the player.
Not only did Liverpool have scout reports coming in on the player, both rivals Everton and Arsenal had a keen eye for the 'keeper.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “I am delighted we have signed Loris, he has had a fantastic season with Mainz and has developed into a very good goalkeeper since his return to Germany.
“I am really pleased that we were able to move so quickly to get him and that Loris has shown such a desire to come to Liverpool with a lot of other clubs interested in him.
“I know he will add to the quality we have in this position and I look forward to working with him and all our players when we return for pre-season.”
The German goalkeeper started his senior career with the second team at Mainz 05 back in 2011 and made 27 appearances in the three years at the club.
However, three years on, he gained a promotion to the first team and has become their number one goalkeeper ever since. The goalkeeper spent four years from 2012 to 2016 at the German side until Liverpool signed him for £4.7 million.
Not only did his impressive performances for Mainz keep his spot in the side, Germany also called him up for international games. However, it was only for the U16 to now the U21 side.
He has made six appearances for his national team and looks a future starter.
Style of Play
In a few ways, Karius is very similar to Simon Mignolet in his characteristics. Both Mignolet and Karius have excellent concentration when it comes to playing with pressure, but at times, Mignolet can fall short and often make mistakes when having the possession of the ball at his feet.
Karius is far greater when it comes to collecting crosses in the air because Simon Mignolet can sometimes be too reluctant to come out and attack the ball.
Something similar both keepers are also excellent at, is the ability to deal with close range shots as both have made some top saves this season to prevent the opposition scoring. Karius has excellent reflexes and is an excellent shot-stopper along with Mignolet.
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