Liverpool set price tag for unwanted flop as French club enter pole position

Date published: Wednesday 22nd July 2020 9:30 - Jonny Whitfield

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Liverpool want £6million for Loris Karius if they sell their unwanted goalkeeper in the upcoming transfer window, according to a report.

Karius left Liverpool for a two-year loan with Besiktas following his poor performance in the 2018 Champions League final.

The 27-year-old made 67 appearances for the Turkish side but left earlier this year after his relationship with the club turned sour. He did not return to Melwood and instead opted to move back to Germany.

According to Goal, Liverpool have made clear that they do not want Karius at the club next season.

As such, they have set a £6million price tag for the German, £1.8million more than they paid for him in 2016.

What’s more, while Hertha Berlin have shown most interest in recent months, Montpellier have hit the front and are now in pole position to sign Karius.

The Ligue 1 club, however, are yet to make a decision on the future of on-loan goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli. Montpellier have the option to extend his short-term move from Real Socidedad into a permanent deal.

However, Liverpool’s asking price could cause problems for those interested in Karius. It remains unclear whether any club would be willing to pay £6million for a player who has not improved since his move away from Anfield.

Loris Karius

Karius terminated his contract with Besiktas after enduring a lengthy dispute with the club over unpaid wages.

He confirmed that despite several attempts to rectify the situation, he and Besiktas could not reach an agreement.

As for Liverpool’s current options between the sticks, Adrian is likely to remain Alisson Becker’s deputy.

Youngster Caoimhin Kelleher, meanwhile, has made strides this season with four senior appearances.

KLOPP DISCUSSES LIVERPOOL SPENDING PLANS

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Elsewhere, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that the club will only spend money if the circumstances allow.

The Reds backed away from a deal for Timo Werner, owing to his reported €50million release clause.

And, amid continued links with Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara, Klopp has insisted that such moves would be difficult with the club’s financial concerns.

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