By Germany correspondent Hans Matthias

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius, according to reports in Germany.

Talks are ongoing but the Merseyside giants are increasingly confident of securing the signing of the highly rated 22-year-old.

German publication Kicker claims Liverpool made a move for Karius after extensively watching the former Germany Under-21 international this season.
The goalkeeper, who was once in Manchester City’s youth set-up, has two years remaining on his contract with Bundesliga club Mainz.
As revealed by Football Insider in January, Liverpool are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer after deciding to offload Adam Bogdan, who played the weekend Premier League draw at West Brom.
Klopp and his staff want stronger competition for established No1 Simon Mignolet, who has made a series of high profile errors in his three seasons at Anfield.
Danny Ward, who was recalled from a loan spell at Aberdeen in January, has impressed on his two senior outings and does have a future with Liverpool.
However, the Wales international could go out on loan again next term to gain further experience with Huddersfield Town keen to take him on a temporary deal.