Loris Karius keen to replace Simon Mignolet as Liverpool's new No.1 goalkeeper

New Liverpool signing Loris Karius, who does not officially join the Reds until the transfer window opens on July 1, has opened up about his aspirations to become the club's new first-choice goalkeeper.

Loris Karius keen to replace Simon Mignolet as Liverpool's new No.1 goalkeeper
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Loris Karius insists he's prepared for the challenge of competing with Liverpool's current first-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for a spot in the starting eleven next season.

The German put pen-to-paper on a long-term deal after a £4.7 million switch and officially joins the Reds at the start of July, when he will take on the vacant No.1 shirt.

The former Mainz shotstopper bolsters Jürgen Klopp's options between the sticks and though it is unlikely he will immediately coming into the starting line-up, Karius says he's aware of the opposition he faces.

He declared that competition is merely "part of a big club like this" and added to Sport Bild: "I want to become the No.1 [with Liverpool], have success and play in Europe as soon as possible. Those are my goals."

The 22-year-old, who helped Mainz to finish sixth in the Bundesliga as an everpresent in his last season, has explained that he has no concerns over whether moving to Anfield was the right decision.

He said that having been "shown around the club and its surroundings" the day before he inked his contract, he was "immediately convinced" that Liverpool "would be the right and the next important step" in his career.

Liverpool was the "perfect total package" says Karius

Karius has established himself as one of Germany's most promising young goalkeepers. (Picture: Getty Images)
Karius has established himself as one of Germany's most promising young goalkeepers. (Picture: Getty Images)

The Germany U21 international also hailed the impact of Klopp in persuading him to swap the manager's former club Mainz for Merseyside, saying that he relishes the opportunity to work under his compatriot.

Karius admitted that the Reds boss was "a big factor" in the transfer because, according to the 'keeper, "he is one of the best cochaes in the world" and has already shown "how well he brings young players forward."

He cited other factors such as "the tradition of the club" and "the atmsophere" which he believes "is not so common in the world" as other reasons to choose Liverpool, calling the club "the perfect total package."

Karius, who spent two years at Manchester City's Academy as a teenager, will hope to show his new manager that he is worthy of replacing Mignolet from the very start of the 2016-17 campaign throughout pre-season.

He will be present for all of the Reds' warm-up friendlies and what is expected to be a relentless training camp including triple fitness sessions, with Mignolet not expected to return to the club until later in the summer after being called up to Belgium's Euro 2016 squad.