Former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is reportedly set to sign for Newcastle United.
Karius’ Liverpool contract ended in the summer, meaning he is a free agent and can join Eddie Howe’s side outside of the transfer window that closed last week.
The 29-year-old spent six years at Anfield but only made 49 appearances overall and was loaned out to Turkish club Besiktas and Bundesliga club Union Berlin.
Eventually replaced by Alisson Becker, Karius is known for his mistakes in the 2017/18 Champions League final, where Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid after a Gareth Bale double.
This was the last game he ever played for Liverpool and it was one to forget after he rolled the ball straight to Karim Benzema for the opening goal before parrying Bale’s 40-yard smash botched after the Welshman scored an overhead kick for the second.
Questioned about the game in May ahead of Liverpool’s third Champions League final in five years, Klopp defended Karius by insisting he had a concussion.
“Karius had a concussion,” said the German boss. “It was proven later. Nobody talks about it.”
However, according to The Times, he will return to the Premier League by joining Newcastle who are in need of a goalkeeper following an injury to their back-up stopper Karl Darlow.
Nick Pope has firmly established himself as the club’s No1 after moving from Burnley this summer but they need cover for him after selling Martin Dubravka.
Manchester United signed Dubravka on deadline day after agreeing a loan deal with a £5million purchase option.
Erik ten Hag was keen to sign an experienced goalkeeper – one who has the ball under his feet – to rival David de Gea and opted for the 33-year-old Slovakia international.
Newcastle, meanwhile, also have goalkeeper Mark Gillespie in their ranks, although the 30-year-old made just three appearances in all competitions last season and has never featured in the Premier League.
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