Loris Karius completed a £4.7m switch to Liverpool earlier today from bundesliga outfit, Mainz.
Here, we take a look at the German U-21 man that has been between the sticks for Mainz in a while before being signed by a fellow German.
Name: Loris Karius
Age: 22 ( 22 June 1993 )
Height: 1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)
Karius was born in Biberach an der Riss,Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He played for local teams FV Biberach, SG Mettenberg and SSV Ulm 1846 before joining VfB Stuttgart where he rose the youth ranks and appeared for the German under-16 national team against Macedonia in September, 2008.
He also spent two years in Manchester City’s academy between 2009-11, where he featured for the under-18 and under-21 sides.
He then switched on loan to Mainz in the summer of 2011, before completing a permanent move in January 2012, and went on to make a host of appearances for their reserves.
He made his senior debut later that year at the age of 19 before going on to establish himself as their first-choice goalkeeper.
Karius played every game of the 2015/16 season for Mainz, keeping nine clean sheets in the process as they finished sixth in the Bundesliga.
He has also appeared at every youth level from under-16s upwards for Germany, but his appearances have been limited as he has often played second fiddle to Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
KARIUS ON JOINING LIVERPOOL.
“It’s a very good feeling and it’s an honour to play for a club like this. They have a special history and the fans are amazing here, so I look forward to playing at Anfield. I spoke to the manager and I had a good feeling afterwards because he told me what he wants to do with the club and with the players.”
The young German, along with Danny Ward, will likely be pushing Mignolet for a first-team spot.
KLOPP ON KARIUS
“I am delighted we have signed Loris, he has had a fantastic season with Mainz and has developed into a very good goalkeeper since his return to Germany.
“I am really pleased that we were able to move so quickly to get him and that Loris has shown such a desire to come to Liverpool with a lot of other clubs interested in him.
“I know he will add to the quality we have in this position and I look forward to working with him and all our players when we return for pre-season.”