Loris Karius names the four reasons that convinced him to sign for Liverpool

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With no European football at Anfield next season, Liverpool may find it difficult to attract players this summer.

The club will never know how damaging their Europa League final defeat to Sevilla was. Victory would have seen them earn automatic qualification into next season’s Champions League but their 3-1 loss meant that the furthest Jurgen Klopp’s side will travel next campaign is Southampton.

However, that hasn’t stopped the Reds from already confirming the signings of Joel Matip, Marko Grujic and Loris Karius ahead of the opening of the transfer window in July.


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Although Liverpool fans will be hoping for bigger names to arrive at Anfield in the coming months, they will be glad to see the club being able to attract their transfer targets.

Karius was the latest player to sign after Klopp raided his former club, Mainz, to spend £4.7 million on the goalkeeper.

The 22-year-old is expected to rival Simon Mignolet next season to become the first-team goalkeeper and he revealed four reasons why he decided to leave Germany for Liverpool.

Four reasons

“He [Klopp] was a big factor, because he is one of the best coaches in the world and has shown how well he brings young players forward,” he told Bild.

“But there is also the tradition of the club, the atmosphere, which is not so common in the world. And of course, such a transfer leaves you financially improved. All in all, it was the perfect total package.”

As alluded to by Karius, Klopp’s charm may be able lure players to join Liverpool with the prospect of playing under the German an exciting one.

The stopper also mentions the tradition and atmosphere - something that Liverpool fans pride themselves on - while he honestly admits that he was attracted to Liverpool because of the money.

National side ambitions

Karius arrives with a growing reputation after being voted the second best goalkeeper in the Bundesliga - behind Manuel Neuer who is widely regarded as the best ‘keeper in the world.

But it’s not just Neuer that Karius needs to muscle out of the way to in order to play for his national side.

Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno have been included in Joachim Low’s Euro 2016 squad, meaning a call-up for Karius seems highly unlikely at the moment.

However, the Under-21 international knows exactly what he needs to do if he wants Low to notice him.

“I just have to cause a stir and make my job very well in Liverpool,” he added. “If I succeed, I certainly hope that at some point the call from Low comes.”

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