Loris Karius has revealed that his future may lie away from Anfield.
Having arrived in the summer of 2016 from Mainz, Karius was instantly chosen by manager Jurgen Klopp as the club’s new No.1, displacing Simon Mignolet from the role. After a few shaky performances, he lost the spot halfway through the season due to an abysmal outing against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
At the start of 2017/18 he was given the task of standing between the posts in the Champions League games, and by January he had displaced Mignolet once again in the Premier League as well. It was then reported that the manager would give him the second part of the campaign to prove Liverpool didn’t need to spend big on a new goalkeeper.
It was all going well until that fateful night in Kiev where his two blunders lost the Reds the game. The subsequent concussion diagnosis may perhaps go some way in explaining those mistakes, but it seems his confidence has been reduced to non-existent under the scrutiny of the unforgiving public. Mistakes against Tranmere Rovers and Borussia Dortmund this summer seem to have pushed him over the edge.
The Telegraph reporter John Percy, currently in Charlotte, USA, where the game against Klopp’s former club was played, reports that Karius is bitterly disappointed by the manager’s decision to sign Alisson Becker from AS Roma for a world-record goalkeeper fee. The 25-year-old German is therefore forced to consider his options after Klopp openly stated Alisson would be his new No.1 when the season starts.
“Of course that’s not perfect for me, but I cannot say much more about that either,” Karius said.
“I do not know that, I cannot say what I’m doing right now, there’s still some time left [in the transfer window].”
He also addressed people who crossed the border between criticism and abuse via Instagram, saying:
“To those who take joy in seeing other people fail or suffer, I feel for you. Whatever it is that’s happening in your life to hold this much anger and hate, I pray that it passes and good things come to you.”
Porto goalkeeper and Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas voiced his own views in defence of Karius, asking if the attacks on him would ever stop, pointing out that there are many problems in this world and calling on people to leave ‘the kid’ alone.
Este ataque a @LorisKarius va a terminar alguna vez? Hablo de él como tantos otros guardametas. Hay muchos más problemas serios en el mundo joder! Dejar al chaval en paz! También es persona. Como lo somos todos!
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) July 22, 2018