Loris Karius, the former goalie of Liverpool has an offer to return to the Premier League. He has ended his six-year contract with the Reds after being on loan to other teams for the past few campaigns.
He has not played for Liverpool since the 2018 Champions League finals. This was after they lost the game and the German goalie has spent his time with Besiktas and Union Berlin. This was also an effort for him to re-establish himself in football.
However, with recent development in Newcastle, their backup goalie Karl Darlow received an injury during a game and now Karius is back in the Premier League. Unfortunately, this will last only up till January. It is unclear if he will be a permanent fixture after that, or this is an actual temporary filling in.
Regardless, he now has a second chance and will have to prove his worth for the Premier League. He stated that he was “ready mentally and physically” for his next challenge as he left Liverpool after having many “ups and downs.”
While being on loan in 2020 and 2021, he was unable to help Liverpool in any way, and he failed to even make it to their bench. He is now able to sign with any team he desires as the contract just ended in June this year.
Newcastle’s manager, Eddie Howe said, “We are pleased to add Loris to our goalkeeping group.” Howe then added, “He is a very good goalkeeper with Premier League and European experience and he will provide competition and support over an important part of the season.”
Now Mark Gillespie and Karius will be holding the fort for Newcastle. Karius stated “I’m excited. It’s a good opportunity for me and a great project to be part of. It didn’t take me long to make a decision. Newcastle have a great coach and play really attractive football. I felt it was the right project for me and I’m excited to work with the coaches and my new teammates.”
During the six years of the 29 year old player’s career spent with Liverpool, he has participated in 49 games. On Twitter, netizens are questioning how it is possible for him to join another team well after the transfer period ended. It is an interesting debate as other teams and players likewise were scrambling to get their desired teams in place before the 1st of September.
New to football bro?
Anyways free agents can be signed anytime of the year
— V. Murali Shankaran (@SportsCuratorMS) September 12, 2022
For those who don’t know, free agents (players without any teams) can be signed on to one at any point of the year. This is an important rule as other teams can’t just randomly offer a large amount of cash in order to steal another player during the finals.