Newcastle set to complete shock move for Liverpool flop Loris Karius on short-term deal after Karl Darlow picked up ankle injury in training… with German likely to be on bench for West Ham trip on Sunday
- Loris Karius is currently a free agent after Liverpool chose not to renew his deal
- The 29-year-old German goalkeeper is set to undergo a medical at Newcastle
- Karl Darlow has suffered an ankle injury but is not expected to be out long term
- Martin Dubravka has joined Man United, leaving Nick Pope and Mark Gillespie
Newcastle are set to complete the short-term signing of former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius after an injury to Karl Darlow.
The Magpies have been forced to act having allowed Martin Dubravka to join Manchester United on loan last week.
But an ankle injury suffered by Darlow – understudy to Nick Pope – has led to an emergency move for Karius, who has been a free agent since leaving Liverpool in the summer.
Newcastle are close to sealing the signing of Liverpool flop Loris Karius on a short-term basis
The Magpies have moved for Karius after Karl Darlow suffered an ankle injury in training
Sportsmail understands Darlow’s problem will not keep him sidelined in the long term, but head coach Eddie Howe feels that cover for Pope is needed. Former Carlisle stopper Mark Gillespie is currently third choice.
Karius, 29, did not feature again for Liverpool following his nightmare showing in the 2018 Champions League final against Real Madrid. Suffering from concussion, his gaffes led to a 3-1 defeat.
He is due on Tyneside on Thursday to undergo a medical and will likely be on the bench for Sunday’s trip to West Ham.
Martin Dubravka was allowed to join Man United on loan and cannot be recalled until January
Newcastle’s other established top-flight goalkeeper Dubravka cannot be recalled from Man United until the January transfer window, under the terms of his contract at Old Trafford.
Karius joined Liverpool in 2016 where he was immediately thrown into the first-team, only to be dropped for Simon Mignolet half-way into the season after making a number of costly mistakes.
He would go on to win his place back the following season, making 33 in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign.
The German though was directly at fault for two of the goals that went in during their Champions League final defeat in Kyiv.
That leaves No 1 and summer signing Nick Pope (R) and Mark Gillespie (L) as current choices
He first threw the ball directly at Karim Benzema who opened the scoring, before he fumbled a long range Gareth Bale strike into the back of the net later in the game.
Karius spent the next three years away on loan, two with seasons at Turkish side Besiktas, and a further year at Union Berlin.
He spent the last year at Liverpool but did not make an appearance all season, with Alisson, his replacement after the 2018 Champions League final, Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian all ahead of him in the pecking order.
Speaking to Sky Germany earlier this summer, Karius admitted he had his ‘ups and downs’ at Anfield.
Eddie Howe is hopeful Karius will be able to feature on the bench for the trip to West Ham
‘There were ups and downs. It’s part of the game, that’s football, but I’ve developed as a person,’ he said.
‘The level at which we worked every day and the professionalism that everyone exemplifies was unique.
‘I have that I’ve never experienced it before and that’s why we’ve celebrated a lot of successes there. I’ll take this determination with me to my next job.
He added: ‘I’m free and I can make my own decisions. This is a new situation that I’m looking forward to. A new challenge is coming up, but that’s always a good thing. I’m ready, mentally and physically.’
Karius is unfortunately remembered at Anfield for his costly mistakes in the 2018 Champions League final
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