Sunday 16 December 2018

Karius considers his future at Anfield

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius. Photo: Nigel French/PA
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius. Photo: Nigel French/PA Sportsdesk

Loris Karius is considering his future at Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp prepares for a player clear-out which is likely to raise more than €100m (£90m).

Karius (above) could leave Anfield before the transfer window closes on August 9 after admitting his bitter disappointment over the signing of Alisson.

The futures of seven other players - including Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Sheyi Ojo and Lazar Markovic - are also uncertain as Klopp moves to trim his squad.

Valencia are set to make a €30m (£27m) move for Belgium international Origi and €25m-rated Ings is a target for several other Premier League clubs including Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Southampton.

Markovic is wanted by clubs in Greece and Turkey, while Middlesbrough, Wolfsburg and Reading have inquired about Ojo, the winger who is valued at €17m (£15m) by the Merseysiders.

Lazio and Cardiff are in talks over a deal for Marko Grujic, though Klopp is happy to keep the Serbian midfielder.

Ben Woodburn will be allowed to leave on loan after Liverpool's American tour but it is undoubtedly the future of Karius which is the most intriguing.

The German, who was unconvincing in the 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Sunday night, said: "Of course, it's not perfect for me, but I cannot say much more about it."

Liverpool fly to New York today and will play Manchester City in the International Champions Cup on Thursday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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