Jürgen 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 hasn’t 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 dates back 11 months for the German club.
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 Adrián were unavailable due to Covid or an injury, is open to early release.
The Liverpool manager said: “There are different things [to consider]. One is Loris Karius the player, who’s doing absolutely nothing wrong and he’s in great shape. He is training very hard and he is fully committed. It’s clear. Before the season we made a decision and it was obviously in the interest of the club for Loris to find a new club, but that didn’t happen. We decided that he would be treated as normal.
“As long as we don’t have a massive situation here, our No. 1 is Ali, our No. 2 is Caoimhin, No. 3 is Adrián and No. 4 is Marcelo. [Pitaluga]. It’s already four goalkeepers and we’ve never been in a situation where we had to use a fifth. It has nothing to do with quality; we made the decision and the boys are doing very well.
“I think everyone is impressed with the development of Caoimhin Kelleher, who is ready for almost anything. We all know the quality of Adrián and the impact he has in training and in the dressing room and he would always be ready to go. Marcelo is an incredible talent, so next in line. I wish Loris all the best and he will find a club whether it’s now or this summer and from there he will continue I’m sure.
Harvey Elliott is set to return to first-team training next week as he speeds up his recovery from a dislocated ankle. The 18-year-old midfielder was injured at Leeds four months ago.