Karius signed for the Reds from Mainz for £4.7 million.
Liverpool's new goalkeeper Loris Karius is unlikely be part of the Germany Olympic squad for Rio de Janeiro, meaning that he will be available to start the season for the Reds, according to a report in the Liverpool Echo.
It s not entirely clear whether the £4.7 million signing from Mainz will start the season as Jurgen Klopp's number one but it is welcome news for both the player and the club.
While the Olympics has the makings of being a worthwhile experience for Karius, starting life at a new club by missing the end of pre-season and then the start of a new campaign is hardly ideal, especially when the man who you are supposed to competing with, in this case Simon Mignolet, for a place in the side gets a free shot at staking their claim.
Having been handed the number one shirt when it comes to squad numbers, many have seen that as an indication that the 22-year-old will be the man to start the first Premier League game of the season against Arsenal.
Given that he will have worked with a new defensive unit throughout the pre-season, the last thing he will have wanted is some disruption.
There are perhaps going to be some moments when there are one or two teething problems at the start of the season, but that would be understandable. Getting them out of the way as early as possible is the best option.
Defensive issues have blighted Liverpool for a good couple of years now, and it is important that a settled back line, along with their goalkeeper, is established during the early stages of the season.
The last thing they would need is anything interrupting it ahead of Klopp's first full campaign in charge at Anfield.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp during training