New Liverpool signing ​Loris Karius has praised boss Jurgen Klopp, saying the former Borussia Dortmund manager is one of the best coaches in the world, ​as reported by the Liverpool Echo

The goalkeeper, a £4.7m signing from FSV Mainz 05, was speaking to Sport Bild ahead of the move, which will officially go ahead on 1st July when the transfer window reopens. 

The 22-year old explained, "He was a big factor, because he is one of the best coaches in the world and has shown how well he brings young players forward".

The young German also added, "But there is also the tradition of the club, the atmosphere, which is not so common in the world. And of course, such a transfer leaves you financially improved. All in all, it was the perfect total package”.

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Having starred for Mainz in a season that saw them finish sixth, and qualify for the Europa League in the process, Karius firmly established himself as one of the best keepers in the league and was considered unlucky to not make the Germany squad for Euro 2016.

The Under-21 international spoke of his desire to play for 'Die Mannschaft' in the future, saying "I just have to cause a stir and make my job very well in Liverpool...If I succeed, I certainly hope that at some point the call from [Germany boss Joachim] Low comes”.

For now though, Karius will look forward to playing for the charismatic Klopp. The Reds manager took over at Anfield in October 2015, and duly took the club to the final of both the League Cup and the Europa League, although they lost on both occasions. 

They will hope to continue their progress next season, and the signing of Karius is seen as key to that, although he faces stiff competition from Belgian Simon Mignolet for a starting spot. 


Previously, the former Manchester City trainee had spoken about how Jurgen Klopp convinced him to join his Anfield revolution. 

In an ​interview with the Liverpool website Karius said “He told me he knew Liverpool was a big club, but he actually realised how big it was when he came here. He didn’t realise until then, and even though he knew it was a big club, still when he came he was surprised at how much bigger it is with all the fans supporting it and the special [feeling] this club has. He was really excited telling me all the stories”.