Loris Karius will forever be synonymous with the 2018 UEFA Champions League final despite not being a part of the winning team. The German professional footballer who lined up as a starting goalkeeper for Liverpool that night committed two huge blunders on the biggest stage of his career which led to his team losing the game as well as the infamous pictures of him weeping and apologizing to fans when the game ended.
Early Life and Education
Loris Karius is the child of Christine and Harald Karius. He was born on the 22nd of June, 1993 in Biberach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. As a child, Karius had to decide between becoming a motocross rider as his father intended, or a footballer, as were the wishes of his grandfather. His grandfather, Karl, notably took him to football practice when his parents were working, which further shaped him towards playing football.
A young Karius later enrolled at Pestalozzi-Gymnasium Biberach where he further honed his skills before joining the youth team of FV Biberach in 1998. He spent two years there before switching to SG Mettenberg in 2000 and a year later to SSV Ulm 1846. After five years at the club, Karius transferred to VfB Stuttgart where he caught the attention of the German national youth team coaches and was called up to play for the Under-16 and Under-17 teams.
After an Under-16 game against Azerbaijan in 2009, Loris Karius and his family were invited to England by Manchester City who offered him a contract. He joined the club’s youth team that year but failed to earn a senior team appearance in his two years there, prompting him to return to Germany on loan. The move to Mainz 05 was a year later, in January 2012, made permanent as Karius went on to become the youngest goalkeeper ever to play in the Bundesliga. He set the record in a match against Hannover 96 on the 1st of December, 2012 after he came in as a substitute to replace Christian Wetklo who had been sent off.
Karius made no further appearances that season but went on to become the first-choice goalkeeper a year later. In the coming years, Karius showed growth and consistency which earned him an improved contract in January 2015. Later on in the season, he was voted the second-best goalkeeper in the league, behind Germany and Bayern Munich shot-stopper Manuel Neuer. His strong performances caught the eyes of Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool who paid Mainz £4.75 million for his services.
At Liverpool, Karius had to battle the number 1 spot with Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet although he was later confirmed to be the club’s first-choice goalkeeper. Following a few sub-par performances, the goalie was dropped but picked up again as the first-choice after his competitor committed similarly outrageous blunders.
Who is Loris Karius’ Girlfriend or Wife?
As expected from a Premier League star, Loris Karius has been in relationships with some of the hottest women out there. They include German fashion model Annelie Alpert, social media personality and fitness guru Pamela Reif, Britsh model Ianthe Rose Cochrane-Stack, and US model Daniella Grace.
Annelie Alpert, who was in 2009 crowned Miss Hamburg, was Karius’ first public relationship. The pair reportedly started dating back in 2015 when the goalkeeper was still on the books of Mainz. She notably followed her man across to England when he moved to Liverpool, but that kicked off the beginning to the end of their relationship as the pair called it quits a year later. In the space of no time, Karius was linked to Pamela Reif and Rose Cochrane-Stack, however, it was with the latter that he was spotted out more than a couple of times.
He and Cochrane-Stack, who starred in the reality show Made in Chelsea, were thought to have officially been an item until she said otherwise on her social media page. The revelation followed threats she had received from Liverpool fans after the shot-stopper committed two serious blunders that cost the team the UEFA Champions League final. After her, Loris Karius has been dating Daniella Grace, who herself has been previously linked to NBA star Blake Griffin and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Loris Sven Karius
Date of Birth: 22 June 1993
Place of Birth: Biberach an der Riss, Germany
Height: 6 feet 2 inches (1.89 m)
Weight: 75 kg (167 lbs)
Zodiac Sign: Cancer