February 4, 2023

Former Liverpool flop Loris Karius insists Newcastle have ‘no limits’ after the goalkeeper made his debut for the Magpies in a friendly win against Al-Hilal – while tipping the team for ‘great things’ after signing a short-term deal

  • Loris Karius finally made his debut for Newcastle in a mid-season friendly
  • The German shotstopper joined in the summer, but hadn’t been featured until recently
  • Karius put on an inspired performance as Newcastle beat Al-Hilal 5-0 in Saudi Arabia
  • He then went on to warn other top four clubs about Newcastle’s potential

Lorius Karius claims Newcastle can ‘achieve great things’ together after starring in their recent mid-season friendly win.

The Magpies have flown to Saudi Arabia to prepare for the Premier League’s eventual restart later this month, kicking off with a 5-0 win over high-flyer Al-Hilal.

Karius, who made his first appearance for an English club since the 2018 Champions League final with Liverpool, claimed afterwards that the side have ‘no limits’ to what they can achieve this season.

Lorius Karius has warned Newcastle's Premier League rivals about their potential

Lorius Karius has warned Newcastle’s Premier League rivals about their potential

The German goalkeeper (left-back) made his debut for Newcastle in a mid-season friendly

The German goalkeeper (left-back) made his debut for Newcastle in a mid-season friendly

When asked about Newcastle’s Premier League goals, Karius told the club’s website: “We have no limit, to be honest. It’s important that we get off to a good start… and I’m sure we can achieve great things this season.

“I think the group has such a strong togetherness, that’s very unique – and that makes me positive that we’re continuing the way we started before the break.”

The German goalkeeper was praised for his performance in the friendly, which was also his first appearance since signing for Newcastle in the summer.

The 29-year-old was released by Liverpool in June after failing to break into the first team after two loan spells at Besiktas and Union Berlin.

His career at Anfield was essentially written off after the two disastrous mistakes he made against Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final.

The 29-year-old joined the Magpies on a free transfer after being released by Liverpool

The 29-year-old joined the Magpies on a free transfer after being released by Liverpool

It was Karius' first appearance for an English team since the 2018 Champions League final

It was Karius’ first appearance for an English team since the 2018 Champions League final

Newcastle could certainly threaten to break the balance of the traditional top six in the Premier League, with Eddie Howe’s side currently third in the table.

They have started the season emphatically and have suffered just one defeat in all competitions – losing 1-0 to Liverpool in August.

Eddie Howe will try to keep his players in top shape and took his side to Saudi Arabia for a match against one of the best teams in the country, Al-Hilal.

Eddie Howe hopes his Newcastle side can maintain their form after the restart

Eddie Howe hopes his Newcastle side can maintain their form after the restart

This was Karius’ first appearance for an English club since the 2018 Champions League final with Liverpool, where his costly mistakes led to two goals in a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid.

The German, however, was widely praised for his performance in Saudi Arabia after making a handful of impressive saves to give the Magpies a clean sheet.

Goals from Miguel Almiron, Joelinton and youngster Dylan Stephenson saw Howe’s side riot in the friendly.

Their next test will see them take on Spain’s Rayo Vallecano later in the month.

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