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Liverpool sign £4.7m German goalkeeper from Mainz

Karius has taken the number one shirt. Credit: PA

Liverpool have completed the signing of Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius for £4.7million.

The 22-year-old has signed a five-year contract.

He has taken the number one shirt as it is understood the German asked for that number - current first-choice Simon Mignolet is 22 - and manager Jurgen Klopp agreed he could have it.

Karius will provide much-needed competition for Mignolet, whose position has not been threatened since arriving three years ago despite a number of unconvincing performances.

The goalkeeper is Klopp's third signing since taking over in October, having secured deals in January for Schalke centre-back Joel Matip and Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic to join this summer.

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Liverpool fans face paying over the odds for Final ticket

Liverpool fans could face paying well over the odds for a ticket. Credit: PA

Thousands of Liverpool fans flocking to Basle without tickets face paying well over the odds to get a seat at Wednesday's Europa League final.

The club's initial allocation of just over 10,000 was boosted when opponents Sevilla returned 2,000 of their 9,000 share but with 9,000 tickets being put on general sale in February there are plenty available for those willing to pay through the nose.

One ticketing website has seen the average price rise from £550 to £678 over the last week.

According to figures from Ticketbis.net, an international fan-to-fan ticket marketplace, the current starting price for a ticket is £645.

This year's final far out-strips the £277 average ticket price for Chelsea's game against Benfica in Amsterdam three years ago.

The highest sale price recorded on the site so far for one ticket was £2,335 bought by a Russian fan.

When tickets went on general sale the most expensive category one seat sold by UEFA was £130.

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