Hertha Berlin are interested in singing Liverpool’s Loris Karius ahead of the 2020/21 season, according to a report from Goal’s Neil Jones.
After making two high-profile and costly errors in Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in 2018 the goalkeeper was sent on a two-year loan to Besiktas, for whom he featured 67 times.
However, having become embroiled in an argument with the Turkish club over unpaid wages, Karius opted to bring his time with them to an end earlier this month by terminating his contract.
But with Alisson Becker, Adrian and Caoimhín Kelleher Jurgen Klopp’s options between the sticks, Karius has not been asked to return to England and has instead returned to his homeland to begin the search for a new team.
And the report suggests it has taken him only a matter of weeks to find one, with Hertha Berlin hopeful of securing his services in the next transfer window.
That is because Hertha’s current first choice shot-stopper, 35-year-old Rune Jarstein, is set to be out of contract at the end of the current season and they don’t plan to offer him a new one after an inconsistent campaign which saw him temporarily lose his place to Thomas Kraft.
Therefore the Bundesliga outfit see Karius as a good alternative, while they are also confident of getting a deal over the line as they believe it suits all parties.
What’s more, they also have a good relationship with the Premier League leaders having taken midfielder Marko Grujic on loan for each of the last two seasons, which could give them an advantage over other potential suitors.
A move back to the German top flight could be just what Karius needs to get his career back on track, having made his professional debut there with Mainz in 2012.
He made a total of 96 appearances for ‘Die Nullfünfer’ and was even named as the second best goalkeeper, behind Manuel Neuer, in the Bundesliga in the same year he made a £4.7million move to Anfield.
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