Newcastle United sign Loris Karius as a replacement for Karl Darlow
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is making a return to the Premier League as he joins Newcastle United on a short deal until January as a replacement for injured Karl Darlow.
Darlow, Newcastle’s second-choice goalkeeper, suffered torn ankle ligaments recently and that paved the way for the 29-year-old Karius to return to the EPL after he had been without a club since leaving Liverpool last season.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has made a great impact on the club’s performances recently and he will be banking on Karius to establish himself as the perfect understudy for their first-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope.
Darlow is expected to be out until November at least and Karius has the opportunity to convince Howe to extend his contract until the end of the season at least, if he can perform to his potential in the training sessions and the matches he is going to get from time to time.
Karius is infamous for two grave mistakes during the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in 2018. He was deemed at fault for two goals that Liverpool conceded in that game and subsequently, he went on to lose his place at Anfield. Karius even received death threats after that forgettable night in Ukraine. He has also gone through two mixed loan spells with Besiktas and Union Berlin in Turkey and Germany respectively.
But Howe trusts Karius’ abilities and is happy to welcome him to St. James’ Park.
“Loris is a very good goalkeeper with Premier League and European experience. He will provide competition and support at a very important part of the season,” Howe said.
Karius looked equally happy to Newcastle United and said that, ““I’m excited. It’s a good opportunity for me to join a great project and be part of it. Newcastle have a great head coach and play really attractive football.”