Liverpool are closing in on a deal for a new goalkeeper to challenge Simon Mignolet, after meeting a €10million release clause.
Jurgen Klopp has been looking for a new shot-stopper to rival the inconsistent Mignolet and it seems in FSV Mainz stopper Loris Karius, they have finally found their man. The 22-year-old has a €10million release clause in his contract, which Liverpool have now activated. The club will now turn their attentions to contract talks with the player, which should be fairly straightforward.
Karius is yet to receive a full international cap for Germany, but he has represented his country at every youth level. Karius spent two years (2009-2011) at Manchester City and has since spent the last 5 years at Mainz, becoming their number 1 keeper at a young age.
Karius is certainly talented, but his age means there remains a certain amount of uncertainty around him and some fear he will offer little more consistency than the current stopper Mignolet.
A new deal for Mignolet early this year also raises question marks as to whether or not Karius will displace Mignolet or just act as a back-up. Liverpool may look to rotate the keepers until either one of them establish themselves as number one, but no matter how Karius may fair, he is likely to be a good long-term investment, being purchased for such a small amount.
Liverpool have conceded a massive 50 goals this season, more than lowly West Bromwich Albion, and keeping more clean sheets will certainly be required should they qualify for the Champions League next season – a minimal target for Klopp.
Karius stands at 6ft 2′ and has been between the sticks for Mainz who have conceded the joint-4th least amount of goals in the Bundesliga this season (42). His wages at the German club are thought to be very low currently, and an offer of around £50,000 per-week, on a 5-year contract is likely to be enough to satisfy both parties. We expect this deal to go through soon and give it a 10/10 on the reliability meter.