Loris Karius could start Carabao Cup final amid Newcastle goalkeeper crisis

Nick Pope is sent off by referee Anthony Taylor at St James’ Park

It would be a dream come true for Gillespie to get the gloves for his hometown club’s first cup final in half a century. Gillespie was born in Newcastle and was part of the academy until his release aged 16. After spells at Carlisle, Walsall and Motherwell, he rejoined the Magpies in 2020 but has made only three appearances, all in the Carabao Cup.

However, it is thought that Karius is ahead of Gillespie in the pecking order.


The former Liverpool goalkeeper, who is most famous for his disastrous performance in the 2018 Champions League final, joined Newcastle in September on a four-month deal and, in January, renewed his contract until the end of the season.

But he has yet to make an appearance and it would be a major occasion on which to make his debut for the club.

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