Liverpool unsuited to Karius to join Union Berlin on season-long loan

The German goalkeeper has not played for the Reds since his nightmare in the 2018 Champions League final against Real Madrid

Loris Karius, unsuited to Liverpool, will complete a one-season loan at Union Berlin this week.

The goalkeeper, who hasn’t played competing for the Reds since his nightmare in the 2018 Champions League final, is back in Merseyside this summer after spending the last two seasons with Besiktas.

Karius trained with Jurgen Klopp’s senior side at Melwood but was told upon his return that he would need to find a new club, with Alisson Becker and Adrian established as first and second pick at Anfield.

Liverpool have responded to requests from several clubs, including Montpellier, while Hertha Berlin have also expressed interest.

However, with no one willing to hit the Reds’ asking price of around £ 6million (€ 6.5million / $ 7.7million), the decision was made to loan Karius for a year, in the hope that it can play games and maintain, or perhaps increase, its market value.

The Bundesliga club will not have the option to make the transfer permanent.

Karius will undergo a medical examination in the German capital on Monday before completing his move. Liverpool loaned another player, Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi, to the Union earlier this month. Awoniyi started Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach, which lasted just under an hour.

Karius is expected to be the first of a number of departures from Liverpool before the transfer window closes next month. Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster are likely to be sold, with Burnley keen to sign Wilson and Sheffield United and Crystal Palace being interested in Brewster.

Marko Grujic could also leave, with Monchengladbach linked recently, and Liverpool are reportedly considering offers for Divock Origi or Xherdan Shaqiri, although sources say there is also no “active plan” to sell.

In terms of loans, Ben Woodburn will leave. Sparta Rotterdam looked set to sign the Wales midfielder but face competition from Hull, the League One side, among others. Liam Millar, the Canada international, is also expected to play, as is Polish Under-21 goalkeeper Kamil Grabara, who is expected to join Greek club PAOK.

Defenseman Nat Phillips, meanwhile, suffers from an injury, which halted any potential change. The 23-year-old has championship contenders, as well as in Germany and the Netherlands.

Midfielder Herbie Kane is still struggling to get back in shape after hamstring surgery and should be sidelined until the window closes which could mean he will stay in Merseyside until at least in January.

Liverpool expect to complete the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense this week, in a deal that could cost the Reds up to £ 2million ($ 2.6million). The 17-year-old will initially train with the senior squad at Melwood, but is likely to get some playing time with Barry Lewtas’ Under-23s.

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