New Liverpool signing Loris Karius has revealed that his Anfield ambitions led to him turning down a chance to go to the Olympic Games with Germany this summer, saying that he would rather focus on displacing Simon Mignolet as the club's number one goalkeeper.
Mignolet's place in the side is thought to be hanging in the balance after a number of high-profile mistakes over the course of last season, and the £4.7m signing from Mainz has admitted that he's planning on gunning the Belgian down and taking his place in the starting lineup.
An Olympic trip would have meant Karius missing the club's pre-season jaunt to the US, as well as their opening two league games, and he told the Liverpool Echo: “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.
“We agreed together I wouldn’t be going (to Rio). First I spoke with Jurgen 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.”
While he stopped short of saying that Jurgen Klopp had told him that he would start as the club's number one, he added: “What we’ve talked about stays with us. Of course I know that a club like this has more competition. It’s a bigger club and better players means more competition.
“I am not scared or anything. If I was, I wouldn’t have come here. I have a good feeling. I wouldn’t come here just to sit on the bench. That doesn’t make sense for me."
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