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2020 06 11 Retrieve
[Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius claims he had ‘half the Premier League’ following him prior to his move to Manchester City, while insisting that he would only leave Anfield if first-team football was on offer] I was playing in the U16 national team at the time, and there were a lot of scouts at the games. At 16 you could sign your first professional contract. I had offers from all sorts of clubs back then, but Manchester City went out of their way to help me. They showed me a concrete plan, for example how I could make it to the senior game. That fascinated me. I could just as well imagine staying in Stuttgart - but the concept and their plan for me did not convince me as much as that of Man City. So I said to myself: I’m going to take the challenge and I’m going to England.
Who else was interested? It felt like half of the Premier League. In Germany, I actually only dealt with Stuttgart because VfB was and is known to do great youth work. I enjoyed great training there. At that time I only listened to the plans of Man City and VfB. At that time, the arrival of investors [in clubs] was only just getting started. Man City was actually a club that relied heavily on its own youngsters. Many made the breakthrough, the academy was in a good position - that’s why I decided in the end on this club
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius insists he will get chances at Anfield] I will have to be playing if I actually change clubs. It makes no sense to say I’m leaving Liverpool for a worse club and I’m only the number two there. I’m not in a pressured situation at all, I don’t have to change - as the second goalkeeper in England you know that you get chances. I am currently at the best club in the world, who are competing for titles, and I have the highest level around me every day in training. I am fully aware that I am in a good position to be at Liverpool. I have great conditions there.
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Karius ready to fight for Liverpool spot] I can move forward in training at Liverpool. As the second-choice goalkeeper in England you know that you get your chances. I am currently at the best club in the world, play for titles, have the highest level around me every day in training. I am fully aware that I am in a good position to be in Liverpool. I have great conditions there