Liverpool misfit Karius to join Union Berlin on loan for a season

The German goalkeeper hasn’t played for the Reds since his nightmare in the 2018 Champions League final against Real Madrid

Liverpool misfit Loris Karius will complete a season loan transfer to Union Berlin this week.

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

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

Liverpool have received requests from a number of clubs, including Montpellier, while Hertha Berlin have also expressed interest.

However, as no one is willing to meet the Reds’ asking price, which is estimated to be around £ 6 million (€ 6.5 million / $ 7.7 million), the decision was made to lend Karius for one year. in the hope that it can play and maintain, or perhaps increase, its market value.

The Bundesliga club will not have a chance to finalize the move.

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

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

Marko Grujic could leave too, with Monchengladbach hooked up recently, and Liverpool would consider bids for Divock Origi or Xherdan Shaqiri, though sources say there’s no “active plan” to sell either.

In terms of loans, Ben Woodburn will be leaving. Sparta Rotterdam looked poised to sign the Wales midfielder but will face competition from League One Hull, among others. Canadian international Liam Millar is also expected to move forward, as well as Poland Under-21 goalkeeper Kamil Grabara, who is set to join Greek club PAOK.

Defender Nat Phillips, meanwhile, suffered from an injury, which blocked any potential change. The 23-year-old has contenders in the league, as well as in Germany and the Netherlands.

Midfielder Herbie Kane is still fighting to get back in shape after hamstring surgery, and is likely to be sidelined until after the window closes, which could mean he’ll stay in Merseyside until at least January.

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

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