Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Loris Karius has no future at Liverpool and his former first-choice goalkeeper is free to leave the club.
The 28-year-old has not featured for Liverpool since his infamous appearance in the 2018 Champions League final and subsequent loan spells at Besiktas and Union Berlin failed to result in a permanent transfer. His last competitive outing was for the German club 11 months ago.
Karius is out of contract at the end of this season and Klopp, who did not consider the former Mainz keeper for selection when Alisson, Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian were unavailable through Covid or injury, is open to an early exit.
The Liverpool manager said: “There are different things [to consider]. Loris Karius, the player, is doing nothing wrong and is in great shape. He is working hard and is completely committed to his training. It is obvious. We made that decision before the season. It was also in Loris’ best interest to find a new club. However, that didn’t happen. We decided that he would be treated in a normal manner.
“Assuming there isn’t a huge situation, Ali is our No 1. Our No 2 is Caoimhin. No 3 is Adrian. No 4 is Marcelo [Pitaluga]. We didn’t need a fifth goalkeeper. It has nothing to do the quality. We made the decision, and the boys are doing really well.
” Everyone is impressed with the growth of Caoimhin Kelleher who is always ready for anything. We all know the importance Adrian has in training and in the dressing rooms. He would always be ready to go. Marcelo is an amazing talent. I wish Loris only the best and he will find a club whether it is now or in the summer and from there he will go on, I’m very sure.”
Harvey Elliott is set to return to first-team training next week as he steps up his recovery from a dislocated ankle. The 18-year-old midfielder sustained the injury at Leeds four months ago.
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