Liverpool's Loris Karius offered loan deal by Italian third-tier club Rimini
The newly promoted minnows have offered Karius a route out of England - but not necessarily as their guaranteed first choice
Karius's pair of blunders in Liverpool's 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday has cast serious doubt over his long-term future on Merseyside.
With the German reeling from his horror night in Kiev, Rimini – who have just won promotion to Serie C – have seized on the opportunity to offer him the "strength to follow his dreams".
President Giorgio Grassi has penned an open letter offering the Reds goalkeeper a birthday present.
He wrote: "On June 22, Loris Karius will turn 25 years old. I would like to host the German goalkeeper for a few days in Rimini, a welcoming town that has always been frequented by his fellow countrymen and women.
"I would be happy to meet him in Rimini to remind him that it just takes courage, or perhaps good sense, to understand that the best life lessons are often also the toughest; the most difficult to bear.
"We’ve all been through these moments. Unfortunately for him, his moment was in front of millions of people. At the end of the day, the only real failure is allowing defeat to get the better of us.
"I would like to help Loris become a great example to those who in football, as in life, fall and get back on their feet. I’d like to offer a gift for his birthday: a year-long contract with Rimini FC, the ideal club to rediscover his calm, self-belief and strength to follow his dreams.
"Let it be clear: this wouldn’t be a walk in the park, because he’d be in competition with a great goalkeeper like Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Scotti – but he’d certainly find a big family and a city ready to support him as he got back to being a No.1 in the Lega Pro."
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