Liverpool to offer Karius new deal, but will he go back to second choice?

Liverpool are planning to offer Loris Karius a new contract, according to The Sun.

What’s the word?

It was not that long ago when the 24-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements as he struggled for game time.

However, since the turn of the year, Karius has been Jurgen Klopp’s number one and Simon Mignolet has dropped down the pecking order.

As a reward for his performances in between the sticks, Liverpool intend to offer him fresh terms and a pay rise on his £50,000-a-week contract, according to The Sun.

Since becoming first choice, Karius, whose current deal expires in 2021, has kept nine clean sheets in 17 matches in all competitions, and he has been in between the sticks for every Champions League game en route to the semi-finals.

The Sun reports that the manager is still keeping an eye out for a new goalkeeper this summer and is interested in Stoke City’s Jack Butland and Roma stopper Alisson.

Will Karius be demoted next season?

There is no denying that the German has improved due to a run of games as number one, but if a top-class goalkeeper becomes available in the summer, then he will be second string.

Liverpool have proven this season that they are capable of being a force to be reckoned with due to their attacking qualities.

Mohamed Salah, who according to our poll is expected to clinch the Premier League Golden Boot, has been in stellar form this season with 40 goals in all competitions.

Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have also been key to a number of Liverpool victories, while the defence has tightened up due to the January arrival of Virgil van Dijk.

Even though Karius is in decent form, a proven goalkeeper could be the difference between the Reds fighting for top four or challenging for titles next season.