22 years old, Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius has joined Liverpool FC on a five year deal worth £4.7 million and has been handed the No. 1 shirt after current first-choice Simon Mignolet and manager Jurgen Klopp agreed he could have it.
Karius will provide much-needed competition for Mignolet, whose position has not been threatened since arriving three years ago despite a number of unconvincing performances.
The goalkeeper is Klopp’s third signing since taking over in October, having secured deals in January for Schalke centre-back Joel Matip and Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic to join this summer.
Karius told Liverpoolfc.com, “It is a very good feeling and it is an honour to play for a club like this. I know a lot about the club from watching them on TV. The history, everybody who plays football knows. There are a lot of things in my head when I think of this club”.
“I spoke to the manager and I had a good feeling afterwards because he told me what he wants to do with the club and with the players.
“It was a good talk with him and after that I was convinced this was the right decision.”
Klopp said, “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. I am really pleased that we were able to move so quickly to get him and that Loris has shown such a desire to come to Liverpool with a lot of other clubs interested in him”.
Klopp added that, “I know he will add to the quality we have in this position and I look forward to working with him and all our players when we return for preseason”.