Karius turned down Liverpool exit because keeper wanted to keep large wages

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius reportedly turned down an exit from the Anfield club this summer in order to keep his ‘large wages’.

The out-of-favour German has been absent from manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans for three seasons since his fatal Champions League final error against Real Madrid and numerous other calamities in goal.

He spent the past three seasons on loan, first at Besiktas and more recently at Union Berlin, where he only made four league appearances last campaign.

And despite the fact he is unlikely to feature for Klopp’s side again, the 28-year-old will remain at Liverpool this season.

The Athletic claim there was a permanent offer on the table from Swiss side Basel this summer which both clubs were keen to reach an agreement over.

But Karius could not agree personal terms as he was unwilling to take a pay-cut, with Basel being unable to match his current wages.

There was also the potential of a loan deal which also failed to materialise as the player was only willing to sacrifice a small part of his salary.

One senior Liverpool source explained to the Athletic that Karius refusing to take a pay-cut is not something which the keeper should be criticised over and that it was “his choice to make”.

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The Reds are not expected to terminate his contract, meaning it is likely Karius will not play any football until the January transfer window where the club will listen to new offers.

Liverpool currently face a similar situation with striker Divock Origi, who was an integral part of the Champions League winning side of 2019 but has since fallen down the pecking order.

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