Update on Liverpool's reported pursuit of £4.7m ace Loris Karius

Mainz sporting director denies Liverpool have made a bid.

Liverpool's pursuit of goalkeeper Loris Karius may be temporarily on ice after Mainz's sporting director claimed there has been no offer.

German website Kicker last night claimed Liverpool had agreed a deal to sign the former under-21 international, claiming a switch was 'almost certain', with The Mirror reporting a deal could cost as little as £4.7 million - a bargain for a player of his considerable talent.

Mainz sporting director Rouven Schroder insists that the ball is in Liverpool's court, speaking today.

He told Sport.de: "There is no offer from Liverpool. Loris is with us, and there is no more to say about it."

Karius has a release clause of £8 million in his contract, The Mail reported earlier this month, meaning if Liverpool front up the amount, Mainz will be powerless to keep him.

Liverpool could simply be biding their time with the important business of the Europa League final upcoming this Wednesday, but reports Karius was immediately incoming, via Kicker, appear to have jumped the gun if Schroder's comments are to be taken at face value.

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