Liverpool hopeful Loris Karius won't be included in Germany's 2016 Olympics squad

After initial fears he would miss the start of the Premier League season to be a part of Germany's squad for the Olympics this summer, Loris Karius looks set to remain on Merseyside and enjoy a full pre-season with Liverpool instead.

Liverpool hopeful Loris Karius won't be included in Germany's 2016 Olympics squad
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Liverpool are confident that summer signing Loris Karius could remain on Merseyside for the start of the 2016-17 season rather than join up with Germany's Olympic 2016 squad.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper only joined the Reds from Mainz in a £4.7 million move last month, but will officially become a Liverpool player on July 1, but had been touted as a possible inclusion for his country's squad in Rio.

With the tournament starting on August 3 and lasting until August 20, any involvement would have rendered Karius unavailable for a number of the club's pre-season fixtures as well as, at least, their first two Premier League games against Arsenal and Burnley.

But it is now thought that Karius' compatriots Timo Horn, of FC Koln, Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Leno and the highly-rated Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Barcelona are all ahead of him in Die Mannschaft's options.

The Germans are yet to announce their finalise squad for the under-23s tournament, with each nation only allowed three players over 23 to feature.

The news that Karius could be left to get a full pre-season with his new club will undoubtedly be a major boost to Jürgen Klopp, who is expected to make only a handful of signings as he looks to build on a first season that saw the Reds reach two cup finals but finish eighth in the league.

It is expected that Karius, who opted to take ook the vacant No.1 shirt, will come straight in to challenge with existing first-choice 'keeper Simon Mignolet, who has frustrated with his performances lunging from one extreme to another.

Karius established himself as one of Germany's best young goalkeepers as an everpresent last season. (Picture: ITV)
Karius established himself as one of Germany's best young goalkeepers as an everpresent last season. (Picture: ITV)

Formerly of the Manchester City Academy, the hope is that Karius can immediately pose a threat to Mignolet - who has previously had little in the way of real competition between the sticks - as Klopp looks to improve the weak areas of his side.

Karius' availability means he could feature against his former club Mainz on August 7, when the Reds travel to Germany to face the Bundesliga side in their final pre-season friendly at the Opel Arena, just six days before the start of the league campaign.

Furthermore, Klopp already has a number of players due to report back to Anfield late from international commitments - all 12 of Liverpool's players at Euro 2016 having sealed their respective nation's progressions to the last 16 of the tournament.

Liverpool also owe Wrexham more compensation for Danny Ward, who is expected to join up with Championship side Huddersfield Town on loan next season, after he made his first start for Wales at Euro 2016 last week.

The 23-year-old stood in for first-choice shotstopper Wayne Hennessey who missed out through injury, consequently activating a clause in his contract that means Liverpool must pay his former club a further £50,000, having only paid the National League outfit £100,000 after Ward's Premier League debut in April.