Reports on Thursday suggest that ex-Liverpool keeper Loris Karius is on the verge of a return to the Premier League with Newcastle United.
Newcastle move for Loris Karius to fix goalkeeper issues
Sky Sports report that Karius is in Newcastle on Thursday for a medical, in order to shore up a shortage of goalkeepers at the club.
🚨 EXCL: Newcastle are on the verge of signing former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius following an ankle injury to Karl Darlow in training yesterday.
Karius is a free agent & already in Newcastle for a medical ahead of short-term move 🩺 #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) September 8, 2022
Newcastle sold Martin Dubravka to Manchester United during the summer, while current first-choice keeper Karl Darlow sustained an ankle injury during Wednesday's training session, leaving the club light on goalkeepers.
Their solution to their issues between the sticks is German goalkeeper Loris Karius, who will be remembered by Premier League fans for his time at Liverpool.
The news was broken by their North-East reporter Keith Downie, who said that the injury to Karl Darlow is not serious, but that the club needed an extra goalkeeper to get them through a busy few weeks in the leadup to the World Cup.
Karius signed for Liverpool in 2016, and was contracted to the club until this summer, though he spent the past four seasons out on loan, firstly at Besiktas, and then at Union Berlin.
The 29-year-old was released by Liverpool at the end of the 2021-22 season and is currently a free agent, allowing Newcastle to snap Karius up on a short-term deal to temporarily halt their injury crisis.
He is unfortunately remembered most for his errors in the 2018 Champions League final, where he was at fault for two of Real Madrid's goals in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 26, 2021
Newcastle fans will be hoping they see a better side to Karius' goalkeeping on his return to the Premier League, as they seek to kick on from a solid if unspectacular start to the season.
They sit in 11th in the table with just seven points from six games - though they have only lost one game of those six. The controversial Saudi backing at the club brought in reinforcements over the summer, most notably Swedish striker Alexander Isak.
It will be intriguing to see how Loris Karius fares on his return to the Premier League with Newcastle, and he is likely to be thrown in at the deep end. They face West Ham, Bournemouth, Fulham, and Brentford over the next month, before tougher tests against Manchester United and Tottenham in October.