There were real concerns that Liverpool new boy Loris Karius would be unavailable to start the Premier League season due to obligations with the German Olympics team, but the Echo suggests that’s no longer the case as he’s unlikely to be called up.
As the report suggests, after his £4.7m move to Liverpool many expect him to instantly take the No.1 spot from Simon Mignolet. It was believed that he may have to wait for his shot due to the Rio Olympics though, and that the Belgian shot-stopper would keep his starting spot; at least in the short term.
The Olympics run from August 3 to August 20, so if the German keeper were to be called up he’d miss not only a fair bit of our pre-season preparations, but also the opening couple of games of the season.
With no real pre-season during his first campaign with the club he’d surely need extra time to settle in and would take even longer to nail down a place, so a place in the Olympics squad could really impact his debut season.
There are a number of other top keepers shortlisted for the Olympics, and Karius is no longer expected to be called upon. This is great news for us, as it means he’ll be available for a full pre-season and to start the campaign.
Liverpool transfer news
This looks set to be a huge summer in terms of transfer business for us, with Jurgen Klopp really looking to put his stamp down and make his mark. We’ve seen some unbelievably positive signs of progress under the German manager, and once he’s got the freedom to bring in his own players who will suit his style that positivity can only multiply.