Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is reportedly a transfer target for French Ligue 1 club Montpellier, according to BBC Sport and Goal.com. Liverpool will demand a fee in the region of £6 million for their man.
REPORT: Montpellier Target Liverpool Goalkeeper Loris Karius
Time at Anfield
The 27-year-old who has not made an appearance for Liverpool since the Champions League final in 2018, has spent the last two seasons on loan with Turkish side Besiktas. His time with the club was cut short when a row erupted over unpaid wages.
Karius joined Liverpool in 2016 from German side Mainz 05 for £4.5 million on a five-year contract. Arriving as the backup to Simon Mignolet, Karius was rotated during his first few months on Merseyside, although he established himself as the first choice towards the end of his debut season.
Karius still has two years left on his Liverpool contract, although the club have informed the goalkeeper he is free to find another club as he seeks first-team football.
Transfer Opportunity For Karius
Currently based back in Germany, it is believed Karius would have a preference for a return to the Bundesliga with the promise of first-team action. Hertha Berlin have expressed their interest in his services previously, but now it seems the 2011/12 Ligue 1 winners Montpellier are frontrunners for his signature.
Liverpool’s reserve goalkeeper situation is a difficult one to manage. With one of the world’s best as first choice in Alisson, it’s tricky to find someone of a certain ability who is happy to merely be an understudy knowing their chances are likely to be limited.
Current occupant Adrian stepped in occasionally this season and did well when called upon. Third choice keeper Andy Lonergan is expected to move on at the end of the current campaign.