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Karius hints at first team place as he rejects the chance to represent Germany at the Olympics

KariusLoris Karius has told of a conversation with Reds boss Jurgun Klopp which resulted in him giving up the opportunity to represent Germany at the Olympic games.

Germany wanted the 23 year old to represent them but this would of resulted in Karius missing the opening two games of the Premier League season.

After a chat with Klopp the German goalkeeper opted to put club before country as he bids to be in the starting eleven for the start of the season.

“I spoke with the manager and we said that it didn’t make sense for me to go to the Olympics as I would miss the first two league games of the season and of course I want to play in them,” Karius explained.

“We agreed together I wouldn’t be going. First I spoke with Jürgen and then together we spoke with the German people who wanted me to go. The priority is the club. It’s more important that I am available for the start of the season.”

Karius played 45 minutes in the Reds preseason 5-0 win over Fleetwood town and Karius is relishing the challenge ahead of him.

He added: “What we talked about stays with us. Of course I know a club like this has more competition.

“It’s a bigger club and better players means more competition, but I am not scared of anything. If I was, I wouldn’t have come here. I have a good feeling.

“I wouldn’t come here to sit on the bench. That doesn’t make sense. I’m not a ‘keeper who hasn’t shown his ability. I’m a good goalkeeper and I’ve shown that a lot.

“I could have stayed at Mainz and played there. If I wasn’t sure I could come and play here this season, I wouldn’t have done it.”

Karius states he is happy to be back in England after having a 5 year stay in Manchester in the youth academy of Manchester City.

“When I left Man City I was still really young and I decided to go somewhere else to get some first-team experience,” he continued.

“I took the step to Mainz. I needed to join a smaller club to get my career going as a young player – I did everything right with that move.

“I had almost three full seasons in the Bundesliga there. I am still young but I’ve played around 100 games in the Bundesliga so I have some experience.

“I thought it was time to take the next step in my career. The opportunity to join Liverpool came up and I thought it was a good next step for me.”

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Pepe Reina looks set to return to Liverpool, after Napoli refused to meet Liverpool’s valuation

ReinaPepe Reina looks like he will be returning to Anfield as Napoli refused to Liverpool’s valuation of Reina.

The Spanish international spent last season on loan at Napoli, under former Reds boss Rafa Benetez. Reina made 29 appearances league appearances last season as Napoli qualified for the Champions League and won the Copa Italia.

Reina’s agent has admitted it will be ‘difficult’ for the 31-year-old to remain at Napoli, after they could not meet Liverpool’s valuation of Reina.

It’s very difficult for Pepe to remain at Napoli,’ Reina’s agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon told ESPN.

‘From June 30, he will return to Liverpool because they want to maximise his sale, and Napoli are not willing to spend what is required.’

Reina has made 394 appearances for Liverpool, but was made made surplus to requirements under Brendan Rodgers, as Mignolet has established himself as the Reds number one.

Reina has made the Spain squad for the upcoming World Cup and is fully concentrated on the World Cup campaign with Spain.

‘Right now I’m only thinking of La Roja (Spain’s national team),’ Reina told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser recently.

‘With regards to a new club, I will first have to speak to Liverpool.

‘My season on loan at Napoli has been very positive and I thank the Napoli people and the club.’

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6 million rated Cardiff shot stopper David Marshall on Liverpool’s wanted list

Liverpool are in the market for a goalkeeper that can challenge Simon Mignolet’s claim to be the Reds number one.

One of those targets is the Cardiff shotstopper David Marshall, who has been impressive for the relegation threated team throughout the season.

Marshall has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Barclays Premier League this season, and Liverpool are set to test the Welsh club’s resolve by making a 6 million bid in the summer.

Mignolet has been underperforming as of late for the Reds and they are looking at Marshall to challenge Mignolet for a starting eleven berth in the side.

Cardiff City are currently fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table, and look increasingly likely to be relegated back to the championship next season, making it more likely that Marshall will want to leave the Welsh capital.


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Simon Mignolet signs for Liverpool

Liverpool have tonight confirmed the capture of Simon Mignolet from Sunderland for a fee of 9million.

Simon Mignolet was named the Black Cats player of the season in an otherwise disappointing season for Sunderland, making 38 league appearances with 11 clean sheets.

Simon Mignolet is set to challenge Pepe Reina for the goalkeeping slot, as Reina has stated he will remain at Liverpool unless ‘a big club’ come in him.

He becomes the first Belgium to join Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers welcoming Simon Mignolet to his squad.

“I am delighted that we have been able to sign one of the top goalkeepers in the Barclays Premier League,” said Rodgers.

“Simon will join a club that will give him an opportunity to demonstrate and improve his huge talent.”

Simon Mignolet is considered as one of the best young shot-stoppers in Europe, with Arsenal also holding an interest in the 24-year-old.

The Belgium international becomes Liverpools fourth summer signing having already agreed deals for Kolo Toure and the Spanish duo of Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas.

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Jose Reina vs Simon Mignolet 2012-13





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