Loris Karius will forever be synonymous with the 2018 UEFA Champions League final, even if he is not part of the winning team. The German professional footballer, who was playing as the starting goalkeeper for Liverpool that evening, made two huge mistakes on the biggest stage of his career that led to his team losing the game, as well as the infamous pictures of him crying and apologizing to the fans at the end of the game.
Early Life and Education
Loris Karius is the child of Christine and Harald Karius. He was born on June 22, 1993, in Biberach, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. As a child, Karius had to decide whether he wanted to become a motocross rider, as his father wanted, or a footballer, as his grandfather wanted. His grandfather, Karl, took him mainly to football training when his parents were working, which further influenced him towards playing football.
A young Karius later enrolled at the Pestalozzi-Gymnasium Biberach, where he further refined his skills before joining the youth team of FV Biberach in 1998. There he spent two years before he moved to SG Mettenberg in 2000 and one year later to SSV Ulm 1846. After five years with the club, Karius moved to VfB Stuttgart, where he attracted the attention of the coaches of the German national youth team and was appointed to the U16 and U17 teams.
After a U-16 game against Azerbaijan in 2009, Loris Karius and his family were invited to England from Manchester City, who offered him a contract. In that year he joined the club’s youth team but did not make it to the senior national team during the two years he spent there, which prompted him to return to Germany on loan. The move to Mainz 05 took place one year later, in January 2012, when Karius was hired as the youngest goalkeeper in the Bundesliga. He set the record in a match against Hannover 96 on December 1, 2012, after being substituted for Christian Wetklo, who was sent off the field.
Karius did not appear again this season, but one year later he became goalkeeper of the first choice. In the following years, Karius showed growth and consistency, which earned him an improved contract in January 2015. Later in the season, he was voted the second-best goalkeeper in the league, behind Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. His strong performances caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, who paid Mainz £4.75 million for his services.
In Liverpool, Karius had to fight for the number 1 spot against Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, although he was later confirmed as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper. After some underperforming performances, the goalkeeper was dropped but was reinstated as the first choice after his opponent had made similar outrageous mistakes.
Who is Loris Karius’ Girlfriend or Wife?
As you would expect from a Premier League star, Loris Karius has relationships with some of the hottest women out there. These include German fashion model Annelie Alpert, social media personality and fitness guru Pamela Reif, British model Ianthe Rose Cochrane-Stack and US model Daniella Grace.
Annelie Alpert, who has crowned Miss Hamburg in 2009, was Karius’ first public relations work. The pair are said to have started in 2015 when the goalkeeper was still on the books in Mainz. She followed her husband mainly to England when he moved to Liverpool, but that was the beginning of the beginning to the end of their relationship when the two stopped a year later. Within a short time, Karius was associated with Pamela Reif and Rose Cochrane-Stack, but with the latter, he was seen more than a few times.
It was assumed that he and Cochrane-Stack, who starred in the reality show Made in Chelsea, were officially a topic until she said otherwise on her social media page. The revelation came after the threats she received from Liverpool fans after the goalkeeper made two serious mistakes that cost the team the UEFA Champions League final. After her, Loris Karius went out with Daniella Grace, who herself had previously been associated with 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