On 24th May Jurgen Klopp signed his 3rd player, Goalkeeper Loris Karius for £4.7m from Mainz. Klopp’s main intent was for him to provide decent competition for Simon Mignolet. In fact Karius has already declared that his aim is to become Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Goalkeeper Loris Karius says “it’s an honour to play for a club like Liverpool after completing my move from Mainz,” describing Jurgen Klopp as one of the best coaches in the world.
He is also a superb shot stopper and his long-range kicking, which was previously an area of weakness in his game, has improved greatly over the last year. The former Germany under-21 international, who spent time with Manchester City as a youth, was ever-present for Mainz as they finished sixth in the Bundesliga last season but he told Sport Bildhe is ready for the challenge of fighting for his place at Liverpool.
Liverpool are a big club..
“Competition is just part of a big club like this,” he said. “I want to become the No. 1, have success with Liverpool and play in Europe as soon as possible. Those are my goals.”
He said Liverpool made contact with his agent, Florian Goll, after the winter break in Germany and stepped up their interest towards the end of the season, and thst everything progressed really quickly.
He had spoken on several occasions to Klopp, who incidentally made his name as both a player and manager there. Stating that their conversations only served to reinforce his decision.
“The day before I signed the contract I was shown around the club and its surroundings,” he added. “I was immediately convinced that this would be the right and the next important step in my career.”
The Klopp Effect in full force…
“He (Klopp) was a huge factor because he is one of the best coaches in the world and has shown how well he can bring young players forward,” he said.
“But there’s also the tradition of the club, this atmosphere, which is not that common in the world, and of course you improve financially.”
Karius shows a calmness under pressure when on the ball and possesses good composure with his feet, an area where current No 1 Mignolet has often fallen short at Anfield.
He may be two inches shorter than Mignolet, standing at 6’2”, but is more than adept at dealing with crosses and shows a good command of his area thanks to his aggressive starting position – much like fellow German Manuel Neuer.