Loris Karius has lifted the lid on the pep talk Jurgen Klopp gave him after he departed Liverpool for, quite possibly, the final time this summer.
The German goalkeeper has not played for the club since making two costly errors in the 2018 Champions League final, which ultimately cost them the trophy.
He spent the next two seasons on loan at Besiktas, but it became clear that move would not be made permanent when he fell out with them over unpaid wages.
Now Karius is back in his native Germany, after signing on loan for Union Berlin.
The keeper now has just a year left on his Liverpool deal. It appears highly unlikely he’ll play for the Reds again.
Karius is well aware of the situation and insists Klopp was a gentleman to the last.
He says the Liverpool manager was completely up front with him over his future, having revealed his parting message from Klopp.
“It was always fair and honest. He always tells you what the situation is like,” Karius said in quotes carried by the Daily Mirror.
“We always had a good relationship and never had a problem. His successes speak for themselves.
“He is currently one of the best coaches of the world.
“He said it (the move to Union) is a good step, that I have the chance to distinguish myself here and he told me that I can show everyone that I’m a really good goalkeeper.”
Liverpool urged to sign Daniel Subasic
Klopp, meanwhile, has been urged to move for Danijel Subasic to solve their current goalkeeping problems.
Alisson is out until November after suffering a shoulder injury in training, with Adrian stepping in as cover.
However, the former West Ham star was heavily criticised after their 7-2 crushing at Aston Villa.
Stoke stopper Jack Butland has been mentioned as a possible target after losing his place with the Championship side.
However, former England keeper Paul Robinson has a new name in mind. He has explained why they could do far worse than target Subasic, who is currently on a free.
Read what Robinson had to say HERE….