On Tuesday, Liverpool announced the signing of Loris Karius. The 22-year-old German goalkeeper joins the Reds from Bundesliga club Mainz 05 in a £4.7 million deal, according to Liverpool Echo.
Karius signed a five-year deal after completing his medicals at Anfield and will be asked to provide the necessary competition for Simon Mignolet, Liverpool’s current number one between the sticks. The newcomer was also handed the number one shirt by the club.
The former Germany Under-21 international excelled in the Bundesliga over the past four years, keeping 19 clean sheets in 67 games over the past two seasons as he became the starting goalkeeper for Mainz, the team Jurgen Klopp used to play for and manage. He led Mainz to a sixth-place finish this season.
Karius joins Schalke 04’s Joel Matip as a new arrival at Anfield. The 24-year-old defensive midfielder agreed to join Liverpool in February when his contract expires this summer. Meanwhile, Marko Grujic will return from his loan spell at Red Star Belgrade as well.
Manager Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool beat off competition from a number of other clubs to sign Karius, who spent part of his youth career with Manchester City before joining Mainz in 2011.
“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,” Klopp said according to Sky Sports.
Liverpool’s new goalkeeper had a personal message for all the fans on Twitter…
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) 24 mei 2016
…and they responded quickly:
Difficult to judge someone from Youtube clips and biased reports but lets hope for the best. Welcome Karius. #LFC
— Tobias (@The_Silent_Man) 24 mei 2016
I accidently looked at a karius selfie on the tl and now i’m pregnant.
— fabulous (@Kobe_dz) 24 mei 2016
Hopefully by signing Karius it means we will have a goalkeeper that actual saves shots now
— Matt (@Scouselarr) 24 mei 2016
I’m going to get Karius on next season’s kit.
Not his name. His actual face. Absolute dream boat.
— Eiler (@Eiler99) 24 mei 2016
Ladies…. ladies…. please welcome a new LFC player, Loris Karius. pic.twitter.com/70KaCBXRnU
— ADDICTED LFC (@addict_lfc) 24 mei 2016
Simon Mignolet, Danny Ward and now Loris Karius, how will this play out? #LFC
— julian daniel (@viewfromthetrev) 24 mei 2016
— L4fckop (@L4FCkop) 24 mei 2016
Loris Karius. Sounds like a character from Harry Potter
— Mark Barnes (@Mark_BarnesLFC) 24 mei 2016
As a fan of Mignolet, I don’t know how I feel about this Karius guy. Saw him play a few times last season, only time will tell.
— Robert Sherman (@r__sherman) 24 mei 2016
Not pretending like I knew who Loris Karius was until last week but from the videos I’ve seen, hopefully he’ll usurp Mignolet
— Chris McConville (@McConville94) 24 mei 2016
Loris Karius will become Germanys 1st choice GK withing 3 years, remember this tweet
— GaryLFC (@GaryLFC) 24 mei 2016
Never really look at football players for their looks, but Loris Karius….hot damn!!
— Zizie (@Mz_Ziziee) 24 mei 2016
Loris Karius is a great signing for Liverpool, will be their keeper for the next 10 years
— Fraser (@_fraserford1) 24 mei 2016
If Karius getting the no. 1 shirt doesn’t give Migs the hint to eff off, I dunno what will
— Prανnєєt (@Pravneet_xo) 24 mei 2016
From what I can take from the first interview w/ Karius he seems like a really confident guy who believes in himself but yet so humble. #lfc
— Max Generossi (@MaxiGenerossi) 24 mei 2016
— Danny Le Maistre (@dannylemaistre) 24 mei 2016
Karius is a commander in the box and it’s exactly what we need. Mignolet couldn’t control himself, let alone a whole defence #LFC
— Sam Gocher (@Sam_Gocher) 24 mei 2016