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Loris Karius turns down Rio Olympics to focus on Liverpool

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If there's one way to adore yourself to the fans of a new club, it's making sacrifices.

That's exactly what Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has done following his £5 million move from Bundesliga outfit Mainz.

The German 23-year-old is desperate to nail down the No.1 spot ahead of the much-maligned Simon Mignolet, so much so that he's willing to give up a personal dream of his.

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According to the Telegraph, Karius has rejected the chance to represent Germany at the 2016 Rio Olympics so he doesn't miss the beginning of the new Premier League season.

It's this kind of dedication that will go down well not only with Liverpool's supporters, but also manager Jurgen Klopp.

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He said: "I spoke with the manager and we said that it doesn't make sense for me to go to the Olympics as I would miss the first two league games of the season and of course I want to play in them.

"We agreed together I wouldn't be going [to Rio].

"First I spoke with Jurgen and then together we spoke with the German people who wanted me to go. The priority is the club. It's more important that I am available for the start of the season."

Ultimately, Karius has a burning desire to prove his worth at one of Europe's most famous clubs.

Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool - Pre-Season Friendly

"I wouldn't come here just to sit on the bench," he added. "That doesn't make sense for me.

"I'm not a keeper who hasn't shown his ability. I know I am a good goalkeeper and I've shown that a lot. I could have stayed at Mainz and played there. If I wasn't sure I could come and play here this season, I wouldn't have done it.

"Of course I know that a club like this has more competition. It's a bigger club and better players means more competition. But I am not scared of anything. If I was, I wouldn't have come here. I have a good feeling."

It's this kind of commitment and positivity that will likely see Karius become a shoo-in to start against Arsenal on August 14.

Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool - Pre-Season Friendly

After all, it would seem Klopp is a big fan of his young compatriot.

Upon signing the shot-stopper, he told Liverpool's official website: “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.”

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