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Karius Unlikely to Miss Start of Premier League Season

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Despite earlier speculation that new goalkeeper Loris Karius would miss the start of the season because of the Rio Olympics, it now seems unlikely that Germany will call upon him for the summer games.

"WITNESS ME!"
"WITNESS ME!"
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Ever since Jürgen Klopp's arrival, the question wasn't so much if Liverpool would bring in a young German goalkeeper, but rather which young German goalkeeper? Just before the Cup Final That Shall Not Be Named, Loris Karius from Mainz turned out to be that young German goalkeeper who would be brought in to replace out-of-form Simon Mignolet.

Though Karius was certainly a move with a view to the future (and present, if we're completely honest), there remained the possibility that he would be called up to represent Germany in the Olympics. The Games will be held in Brazil from August 3-20, and will feature teams mostly comprised of U-23 players, with three senior players allowed per nation. This would obviously disrupt the beginning of the season and a sizable chunk of the preseason.

However, it now appears that Karius is unlikely to be joining Die Mannschaft in Rio, at least according to the latest report from The Echo. In some ways this is disappointing for the player, as this was an excellent opportunity to move up the pecking order as a possible long-term replacement for Manuel Neuer. That said, Klopp will want all hands on deck this summer as he tries to continue to mold Liverpool into his perfect footballing vision. And more Klopp can only benefit young players.