Loris Karius is set to give his career a fresh start by joining Besiktas on a two-year loan deal.
The Liverpool goalkeeper’s prospects at Anfield became bleak this summer after Jurgen Klopp moved to sign Brazil No1 Alisson.
Karius, who made two huge errors in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, was left rattled by Klopp’s decision to sign Alisson for £65million and revealed during last month’s tour to the United States that he was unaware of his manager’s intention.
KARIUS AT LIVERPOOL
Games played: 49
Minutes played: 4,410
Goals conceded: 47
Minutes per goal conceded: 93.8
Clean sheets: 22
Save percentage: 65.4
Errors leading to goals: 5
Klopp has a strong 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 it was agreed after the pair spoke that it would be in Karius’ best interest to secure a move before the European deadline, as Alisson is going to be in goal for all of Liverpool’s big games this season, both at home and in Europe.
Last season Klopp experimented by having different keepers for different competitions – Simon Mignolet started the Premier League campaign, Karius was the man for Europe while Danny Ward played the sole League Cup game – but there will be no switching this year.
Karius has travelled with Liverpool’s squad to London for Monday night’s game against Crystal Palace and he could even be on the bench.
pecking order following Alisson’s arrival.
But the indications are that he will leave for Istanbul in the next 24 hours and Besiktas will have the option to turn the loan into permanent move.
Should Karius leave, the spin off will be that Mignolet – who had also been considering his future – will remain on Merseyside.
Klopp does not want to be without experienced back up for Becker, having sold Ward to Leicester for £12.5million earlier this summer.