Hertha Berlin are seriously interested in a move for Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, who has personal reasons to pursue a move to the Bundesliga, according to reports.
Karius, who moved to Anfield from Mainz in the summer of 2016, became an important figure in the Reds’ team after boss Jurgen Klopp appointed his fellow German as his number one choice between the sticks.
However, his Liverpool career suffered a telling blow when his two errors cost Liverpool in the Champions League final against Real Madrid at the end of the 2017/18 season.
As such, the 26-year-old was sent on a two-year-loan to Besiktas, from where he is due to return at the end of the current campaign without a say in securing any game time.
According to German publication Sport1, Hertha are in need of new reinforcements in goal and believe Karius would be an ideal signing.
Goalkeeper Thomas Kraft, 31, is set to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season.
What’s more, Hertha also need to replace 35-year-old Rune Jarstein, whose deal has just over a year left to run and who has lost his place in the side after being the club’s first choice for over four seasons.
Sport1 goes on to claim that Hertha goalkeeper Zsolt Petry has been tracking Karius for a “long time” alongside the club’s sporting director Michael Preetz, who previously pondered a move for the German in 2015.
However, Preetz refused to open up on the rumours, saying: “We generally do not comment on such rumors.
“We would like to keep it that way. It is also the case that our transfer planning towards summer is currently at a standstill against the background of the current situation.”
Karius reportedly has two personal reasons to move back to Germany; it is said that he would prefer to play in a “sportier” league than the Turkish top flight, while his model girlfriend Sophia Thomalla also lives in Berlin.
Liverpool moved quickly to banish Karius from their squad and signed Alisson Becker from Roma in the summer of 2018, the Brazilian becoming a crucial part of the Reds’ success.
In other news, a trusted source has outlined how Liverpool would be able to finance a big-money move for Jadon Sancho.
The Borussia Dortmund winger is being linked with a move back to England after becoming one of European football’s most sought-after young talents in the Bundesliga.