If a report from The Sun is believed to be true, Newcastle United have roped in Loris Karius on a Bosman upon the expiration of his Liverpool contract. The German keeper witnessed a steep downfall since his calamitous mistakes against Real Madrid in the Champions League final, but a surprise move to Tyneside could help him resurrect his career after years of disappointment at various clubs.
The Magpies were forced to explore the market beyond the transfer deadline following a training injury to Karl Darlow. The Englishman emerged as the understudy to his fellow countryman Nick Pope following Martin Dubravka’s departure, however, Eddie Howe had no option but to add depth in the last line of defence since the severity of Darlow’s injury is not yet clear.
The 29-year-old former Germany youth international spent his youth stints with FV Biberach, SG Mettenberg, SSV Ul, VfB Stuttgart as well as Manchester City. But he returned to his homeland a couple of years later amid interest from Mainz. Despite spending his initial months with their reserves, Karius soon secured the first-team status for his excellence between the sticks. The then-rising custodian peaked during the 2015–16 campaign as he went on to become the league’s second-best goalkeeper behind Manuel Neuer. His rise triggered the Reds to secure his services for £4.75m.
What Went Wrong For The Former Liverpool Keeper
While he was brought in to challenge and cover the then ‘number 1’ Simon Mignolet, Jurgen Klopp eventually promoted him as the first choice irrespective of a few erroneous outings. Karius settled in gradually with some steady performances, but the howlers in the 2018 Champions League final cost him his place on permanent terms. The Merseysiders snapped up Alisson Becker within two months and sent the German to Besiktas on a two-year loan.
Things did not improve much in Turkey either, rather a wage dispute with the club saw him taking legal action against the Black Eagles before his contract termination. Karius joined Union Berlin on a season-long loan for the 2020-21 season, but his minutes were limited with veteran Andreas Luthe retaining the starting status.
Why Newcastle United Have Played A Gamble
Meanwhile, the 6 ft 2 in shot-stopper had the option to revive his form with Swiss giants Basel. Instead, he turned them down twice over salary issues and continued to train with the Merseysiders despite being exiled from the Premier League squad. Newcastle, therefore, have played a gamble considering the player’s history as well as lack of determination under difficult circumstances. It remains to be seen now whether Howe prefers him over Pope for the Cup games in case Darlow continues to be sidelined for an extended period.