Biography

Loris Karius

Loris Karius is a German footballer currently at Liverpool FC. Find out more about Loris in our in-depth biography

Liverpool FC goalkeeper Loris Karius Photo: Loris Karius / Instagram

Loris Karius is a German goalkeeper who currently plays for Premier League club Liverpool FC.

Karius spent two seasons at Manchester City between 2009 and 2011 but the shot stopper didn’t break into the first-team squad.

Loris returned to the Bundesliga with Mainz 05 II in 2011 before he a earned a spot in the first-team.

He made 96 appearances for Mainz 05 in all competitions before Karius moved to Liverpool FC in a £4.7m deal in 2016.

Karius made two high profile mistakes in Liverpool FC’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev.

Loris has made one appearance for the Germany Under-21 national team.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 22 June 1993
Age: 25 years old
Place of birth: Biberach an der Riss, Germany
Nationality: German
Height: 189cm / 6ft 2ins
Weight: 74kg / 165 lbs
Transfer value: £4.7 million
Wages: £25,000 a week

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Early career

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Karius started his career with local teams SG Mettenberg and SSV Ulm 1846.

He moved to Bundesliga club Stuttgart at the age of 12 in 2005.

Loris spent four years at Stuttgart before he was invited to train with Manchester City in 2009.

His performances for Germany’s Under-16 team earned him a move to the Premier League side after his family were invited to England.

Karius represented Manchester City’s Under-18 and Under-21 teams but Loris didn’t manage to make an appearance for the senior team.

Mainz 05

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Karius returned to German football with Mainz 05 II on loan in 2011.

He made 18 appearances in the second tier before Mainz 05 made the deal permanent in the 2012 summer transfer window.

Loris signed a two-year deal with the option to extend his contract by an additional season.

Karius made his Mainz 05 debut on 1 December 2012 as a substitute against Hannover after his team-mate Shawn Parker was sent off.

Loris became the youngest goalkeeper to play in the Bundesliga at the age of 19 years, five months and nine days old.

It proved to be his only appearance in the 2012-13 Bundesliga campaign.

He became Mainz 05’s first choice goalkeeper in November 2013 and managed to hold down his spot in the team for the remainder of the campaign.

Karius finished his first season as an automatic starter with 94 saves in 23 games in the Bundesliga.

Loris continued to impress with 117 saves in 33 outings in the German top flight in 2014-15. He was sent off for the first time in a 2-0 loss to Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.

He bettered his save ratio in the 2015-16 campaign with 122 stops in 34 fixtures in the Bundesliga. His performances earned him interest from the Premier League.

Liverpool FC

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Jurgen Klopp raided his former club Mainz 05 to sign Karius in a £4.7m deal on 24 May 2016.

The German head coach handed Karius the number one shirt after the German shot stopper put pen to paper on a five-year deal.

Karius broke his hand during Liverpool FC’s friendly clash against Chelsea FC in the International Champions Cup in their pre-season tour of the United States.

Loris didn’t make his Reds debut until a 3-0 win against Derby County in the League Cup third round on 20 September 2016.

Klopp handed Karius his Premier League debut in a 5-1 win over Hull City four days later.

Loris kept his first clean sheet in Liverpool FC’s goalless draw with Manchester United at Anfield on 24 October.

He held down his starting spot in the Liverpool FC team despite some uncertain performances to raise questions about his ability to become the club’s long-term first-choice goalkeeper.

Karius was guilty of a mistake in Liverpool FC’s 4-3 loss to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on 4 December. He followed up that performance with another error-strewn display in Liverpool FC’s 2-2 draw with West Ham at Anfield a week later.

Klopp made the decision to drop Karius in favour of Belgium international Simon Mignolet for the remainder of the Premier League campaign.

Loris was limited to appearances in the League Cup and FA Cup but their eventual losses to Southampton and Wolves.

He made 32 saves in 17 appearances in all competitions in his first season at Liverpool FC.

Karius had to wait until 24 August to make his first appearance of the 2017-18 season. The German goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in Liverpool FC’s 4-0 win against Arsenal at Anfield in the Premier League.

He spent the first half of the season being used as Liverpool FC’s Champions League goalkeeper. Karius helped the Reds to top their group ahead of La Liga outfit Sevilla, Russian club Spartak Moscow and Slovenian minnows Maribor.

Loris started Liverpool FC’s 2-1 win against Everton in the FA Cup third round in January. Klopp confirmed that the German goalkeeper was set to be his first-choice shot stopper for the rest of the campaign.

Karius produced a total of six saves in victories over Portuguese outfit FC Porto and his former club Manchester City in the Champions League knockout stage.

He made four saves against AS Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final to help Liverpool FC win 5-2. The Reds progressed to the final 7-6 on aggregate.

However, Loris endured a forgettable night in Kiev.

Karius threw the ball inadvertently to the feet of Karim Benzema, who duly broke the deadlock in the second half. Gareth Bale restored Real Madrid’s lead with a stunning overhead kick following Sadio Mane’s equaliser.

However, Loris made his second blunder of the night to deflect Bale’s long-range strike into the net to seal a 3-1 win for the Spanish side.

The Liverpool FC goalkeeper issued an apology to the club’s supporters after his poor performance in the Champions League final.

He wrote on Instagram: “Haven’t really slept until now… the scenes are still running through my head again and again…

“I’m infinitely sorry to my teammates, for you fans, and for all the staff. I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down.

“As I said I’d just like to turn back the time but that’s not possible. It’s even worse as we all felt that we could have beaten Real Madrid and we were in the game for a long time.

“Thank you to our unbelievable fans who came to Kiev and held my back, even after the game. I don’t take that for granted and once again it showed me what a big family we are. Thank you and we will come back stronger.”

Unsurprisingly, Karius faced a fresh wave of speculation surrounding his future after his Champions League performance.

International career

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Karius has represented Germany at Under-16 level all the way to the Under-21 side.

Personal life

Loris was dating stunning German model Annelie Alpert between 2016 and 2017.

Karius has a dog called Banksy.

Interesting facts about Loris Karius

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• Karius is pals with former Liverpool FC striker Mario Balotelli.

• The Reds goalkeeper is also friends with muscian Justin Bieber after the pair bonded over their tattoos in an impromptu meeting on holiday.

• Karius played every minute of the 2015-16 season at Mainz. He conceded 42 goals and kept nine clean sheets.

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