With the addition of Alisson Becker in the squad, Liverpool have finally decided to let go of their goalkeeper Loris Karius on a 2 year loan deal to Beskitas.
The 25-year-old has endured a nightmare few months following on from his costly blunders in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev at the end of last season. While he would have hoped to put that behind him this year, he committed additional errors in pre-season and that in turn arguably played a key role in Liverpool securing the signing of Alisson from Roma, with the Brazilian now installed as the No.1 choice for the Reds after starting in their opening Premier League game.
Klopp has a great relationship with Karius and wanted the 24-year-old, whom he signed from Mainz for £5million in the summer of 2016, to be a success in the Premier League. But unfortunately for him, it didn’t happen.
It is believed Besiktas are willing to pay Liverpool a €1.4m (£1.25m) payment in each year of the loan, plus a flat fee of €2m (£1.79m) at the end of the loan spell. Besiktas are in need of a new goalkeeper after selling Fabri to Fulham.
Loris Karius set to join Besiktas on a two-year loan with option to buy. Likely to be finalised after tonight’s game #LFC
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The Liverpool manager had hoped to rehabilitate Karius this season after learning he suffered concussion in the Champions’ League final.But he looked haunted on his return to action in pre-season, and that led to the £66m move for Brazil number one Alisson.
Now, with Alisson and Mignolet still available they seem well equipped in that department moving forward and so allowing Karius to leave will certainly not leave them short.
The exit for the German shot-stopper seems like the most sensible decision for all parties, as especially after Alisson’s arrival, he has dropped down the pecking order and may not get the chance to put right his mistakes from last season.