Liverpool will have a decision to make over the futures of Loris Karius and Taiwo Awoniyi this summer. The duo will return to Liverpool after their loan deals with Union Berlin expired at the end of the Bundesliga season.
Karius made just five appearances for Union Berlin this season, having failed to oust Andreas Luthe as the club’s number one goalkeeper.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper has not played for Liverpool since the 2018 Champions League final when his mistakes gifted Real Madrid two goals.
Karius, who spent time with Turkish side Besiktas before joining Union, still has another year left on his Liverpool contract, but it seems likely that the club will try to earn a fee for his services if they can, rather than lose him on a free transfer next year.
According to the Daily Mail, they could be offered the chance to offload Karius, with VfB Stuttgart interested in a summer transfer.
Karius started his career at Stuttgart’s academy but never made a senior appearance before joining Manchester City’s youth set up in 2009.
Urs Fischer’s side appear upwardly mobile, having now established themselves in the German top flight over two seasons since being promoted in 2019.
Of the two Liverpool loanees, the club from the German capital are more likely to be interested in retaining Awoniyi, who has made a good impression when he’s been fit.
Awoniyi was unlucky with injuries this season but still made 22 appearances across all competitions, impressing with five goals and two assists in the Bundesliga.
However, the Nigerian international now has a work permit for the United Kingdom, meaning he will be allowed to play for Jurgen Klopp’s side next season.
The 23-year-old forward joined the Reds in 2015 but has spent every season since out on loan at various clubs in Belgium and Germany.
He is contracted to Liverpool until 2023 but it remains to be seen whether Klopp wants to include him in his squad for the 2021/22 season.