Loris Karius has revealed Jurgen Klopp was the reason he opted not to travel to Brazil for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.
When we first signed the Germany U21 stopper, it was widely believed that we’d be without him for a large chunk of the pre-season, as well as the first three games of the new campaign.
It was worrying – we clearly wanted him to settle into the club as soon as possible and the FA fixture computer has dealt us a tough start to the season (vs Arsenal (A), vs Burnley (A), vs Spurs (A)).
Thankfully, it was revealed a few weeks ago that Karius would not play for Germany’s U23 at the games, and now he’s revealed that Klopp was the reason.
“I spoke with the manager and we said that it doesn’t make sense for me to go to the Olympics as I would miss the first two league games of the season and of course I want to play in them,” (via Mirror).
“We agreed together I wouldn’t be going (to Rio). First I spoke with Jurgen and then together we spoke with the German people who wanted me to go.
“The priority is the club. It’s more important that I am available for the start of the season.”
So — looks like Mignolet will be out of a job?!