Loris Karius ready for 'new challenge' at Newcastle United after Liverpool exit

Loris Karius is ready for a “new challenge” at Newcastle United.

The 29-year-old, a free agent after leaving Liverpool this summer, is set to join the club as cover for goalkeeper Nick Pope after Karl Darlow suffered an ankle injury in training this week.

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Karius didn’t make another first-team appearance for Liverpool after making two mistakes in the club’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in 2018. He left the club following the expiry of his contract after loan spells at Union Berlin and Besiktas.

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Speaking in June, Karius spoke about the “determination” he would take to his next club.

Karius told Sky Sports Germany: “There were ups and downs. It’s part of the game, that’s football, but I’ve developed as a person.

“The level at which we worked every day, and the professionalism that everyone exemplifies, was unique. I’ve that I’ve never experienced it before – and that’s why we’ve celebrated a lot of successes there. I’ll take my determination, and this determination, with me to my next job.

“I’m free and I can make my own decisions. This is a new situation that I’m looking forward to. A new challenge is coming up, but that’s always a good thing. I’m ready, mentally and physically.”

Loris Karius training at Liverpool last December.Loris Karius training at Liverpool last December.
Loris Karius training at Liverpool last December.
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Newcastle are unable to recall 33-year-old Martin Dubravka, loaned to Manchester United last week, until January. Dubravka had lost his place in the team to summer signing Pope, who joined from Burnley in a £10million deal.

Howe also has third-choice goalkeeper Mark Gillespie, 30, available.