Loris Karius is on the verge of joining Besiktas on a two-year loan deal. The 25-year-old spent last season as Liverpool’s no.1, but ended the season in calamity when he made two shocking mistakes in the 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
He struggled on his return to action in pre-season, resulting in more criticism by some sections of the club’s support, and has since lost his place as first choice following the arrival of Alisson for £67m in the summer. Karius, who has kept 13 clean sheets in 29 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since joining from Mainz in a £4.7m transfer in 2016, has now been told he can leave Liverpool by boss Jurgen Klopp and it is understood that a two-year loan agreement with Besiktas is close to being finalised.
Beskitas sold goalkeeper Fabri to Fulham before the start of the Premier League season and had also been eyeing Karius’ team-mate Simon Mignolet. Speaking about Alisson’s transfer, manager Jurgen Klopp said: “We simply identified another keeper, who is better, and signed him,” he told German publication Kicker. “I didn’t tell Karius what he wanted to hear, but how it is. The Champions League final had nothing to do with us getting Alisson. Even if he had won it and Alisson would have been on the market we would have still signed him
“How the people reacted negatively to Karius after the final, tried to isolate him, almost made me not get Alisson and rather stick it out with Karius. But we had to be professional. Our job is to have the best players on every position,” adding the 25-year-old is at an age when keepers are always improving and that top players make mistakes.