Newcastle confirm the signing of former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius on a short-term deal after losing Karl Darlow to injury… with Eddie Howe ‘pleased’ to add the German’s European experience to his squad
- Newcastle have signed the Loris Karius on a short-term deal until January
- Karius was a free agent having been let go by Liverpool this summer window
- The German is notable for his performance in the 2018 Champions League final
- Goalkeeper dropped a series of howlers that gifted the trophy to Real Madrid
Newcastle have signed former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius on a short-term deal following an injury to Karl Darlow.
Eddie Howe had been keen to add a goalkeeper to his squad following the ankle injury suffered by the club’s usual second choice behind Nick Pope.
Karius, who was a free agent having been let go by Liverpool this summer, joins the Magpies on a short-term deal until January with an option to extend until the end of the season.
Loris Karius has joined Newcastle United on a short-term deal until January with an option to extend until the end of the season
Speaking upon completion of the move, Howe credited Karius’s European experience with being a factor in bringing him to the club.
‘We are pleased to add Loris to our goalkeeping group,’ he said.
‘He is a very good goalkeeper with Premier League and European experience and he will provide competition and support over an important part of the season.’
Karius joins Newcastle following an injury to Karl Darlow – the club’s usual second choice goalkeeper behind Nick Pope
Meanwhile, Karius himself, who has previously spent loan spells at Besiktas and Union Berlin, said he was ‘excited’ to join Newcastle.
‘I’m excited. It’s a good opportunity for me and a great project to be part of. It didn’t take me long to make a decision,’ he said.
He added: ‘Newcastle have a great coach and play really attractive football. I felt it was the right project for me and I’m excited to work with the coaches and my new teammates.’
Karius suffered a heartbreaking night when his errors gifted Real Madrid the Champions League trophy in 2018
The goalkeeper is notable for his performance in the 2018 Champions League final when his two errors were influential in Liverpool gifting the European Cup to Real Madrid.
With the game finely poised at 0-0 early in the second half, the German dallied on the ball allowing Karim Benzema to close him down and score a freak goal.
Sadio Mane’s equaliser only four minutes later allowed Liverpool immediately back into the game but, unfortunately for the German, Gareth Bale scored a spectacular acrobatic effort to put Madrid back into the lead.
A clearly emotional Karius sought to apologise to Liverpool fans after the game in Kiev in 2018
With Liverpool pressing for a second equaliser, Karius allowed Bale to score the game’s clinching goal with a speculative effort from distance that broke through his hands.
A clearly emotional Karius apologised to Liverpool fans after the game. It later emerged that the German was likely concussed following a challenge earlier in the game.
The former Mainz and Liverpool goalkeeper will play understudy to first choice Pope while Darlow remains on the sidelines.
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