Newcastle United ‘On the Verge’ of Signing 248-Appearance Ex-Liverpool Star With History of Controversy

Loris Karius

Newcastle United are set to sign German goalkeeper Loris Karius imminently, reports Sky Sports’ Florian Plettenburg. The 28-year-old is currently a free agent after being released by Liverpool in the summer.

Newcastle United on the Verge of Completing Loris Karius Transfer

Karius to Replace the Injured Karl Darlow

The reason why Eddie Howe’s side have decided to sign the ex-Liverpool goalkeeper a week after the transfer window ended is that they are short in options in that position. Their backup in Karl Darlow has picked up an injury that will rule him out for some time. Plettenburg adds that Karius is expected to replace the Englishman and play second fiddle to the Newcastle number one, Nick Pope.

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He is set to undergo his medicals with Newcastle soon and has even arrived at the club as well. Once he passes his medical tests, the 28-year-old will be able to sign a short-term contract with the Premier League side and make his return to the top flight. The Magpies lost goalkeeper Martin Dubravka late in the summer window after he sealed a loan move to Manchester United for this season, with there being no option to re-call him either.

Karius’ Shaky History Recapped

The German goalkeeper should be no stranger to Premier League fans and especially supporters of Liverpool, where he spent a few seasons as Jurgen Klopp’s number one goalkeeper. But Karius earned a bad reputation for himself at Anfield because of his error-prone nature and tendency to make mistakes in the worst possible periods.

He made costly mistakes in the 2017/18 Champions League final against Real Madrid, gifting a goal to Karim Benzema before also making another awful error to help Los Blancos to the win. Soon after that, Karius was offloaded by the Reds and has spent the last three seasons on loan at Besiktas and Bundesliga side Union Berlin, respectively.

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The 28-year-old is now set to be a backup option for Newcastle and will only play in case something happens to Pope. He was also second fiddle at Union Berlin last season.