Loris Karius set to return to Liverpool are failing to impress on loan

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius' hopes of a permanent switch to Union Berlin have been dashed, according to reports in Germany.

Karius, 27, left Anfield to join the Bundesliga side on a season-long loan in September.

Union Berlin sit eighth in the table after an impressive first half of the season during which they held reigning champions Bayern Munich to a draw and beat Borussia Dortmund.

But Karius has played almost no part in Union Berlin's on-pitch successes, making just two appearances since moving to the German capital.

The shot-stopper conceded three goals to second-tier Paderborn as Union Berlin crashed out of the DFB-Pokal in December.

Karius made his top-flight debut for the capital-based club on Saturday, replaced injured first-choice goalkeeper Andreas Luthe with 21 minutes remaining.

But that has not changed the opinion of Union Berlin chiefs, with Bild claiming the club has no interest in turning Karius' loan into a permanent transfer.

As such, Karius is set to return to Merseyside this summer, by which time he will have one year remaining on his deal with Liverpool.

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The shot-stopper's last appearance for the Reds came in the 2018 Champions League final, when he gifted Real Madrid two goals in a 3-1 defeat.

Liverpool went on to sign Alisson from Roma for what was then a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, while Karius joined Besiktas on a two-year loan.

But his time with the Turkish giants ended bitterly as his contract was terminated and he sued the club over unpaid wages.

Meanwhile, Karius' Bundesliga appearance at the weekend was his first since he featured for Mainz back in 2016.

But Union Berlin boss Urs Fischer quickly played down any suggestions Karius could challenge for Luthe for the spot of first-choice goalkeeper in the long term.

"I don't see why a debate should break out," said Fischer. "From my point of view there is no discussion."

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