Under-fire Keeper Edges Closer To Liverpool Exit: Good move for all parties involved?

Loris Karius is set to join Besiktas on an initial two-year-loan within hours.


The catastrophe of Champions League final jeopardized Loris Karius’ future as Liverpool ‘number 1’. Jurgen Klopp, the charismatic Liverpool boss, yet trusted on the German custodian but a string of erroneous display during pre-season forced the Reds exploring options in the summer market and tied down Alisson Becker for a gigantic £67m fee from AS Roma.

The Brazilian’s arrival restricted Karius as his deputy and the player is now closing in on joining Besiktas on a two-year loan to resurrect his career with regular minutes. The Turkish giants, however, are obligated to tie him down permanently in 2020 for a fee of around £7.25million if certain criteria are met and are set to pay an initial £2.25m loan fee before 31st August’s deadline. Liverpool will also insert a 20% sell on clause if the deal becomes permanent two years later and Besiktas, missed out the title glory last season, views the 25-year-old custodian as the replacement of Fabri who left for Fulham earlier this summer.

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The Black Eagles accidentally announced the signing of Karius on twitter hours back but removed it quickly. Although the final announcement is pending, the paperwork seems to be done and the move was ensured when the player was removed from Liverpool’s matchday squad against Crystal Palace at the 11th hour. Simon Mignolet was also being chased by Besiktas previously but is now staying put at Merseyside where he will continue as Alisson’s understudy after failing to secure a permanent transfer elsewhere.

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This transfer is indubitably a huge relief for the ex-Mainz star who would have been further demoralized if he had to spend his time among the reserves during the worst days of his career. He is still pretty young and has enough time to fix his future which can only be achieved with regular minutes. Alisson’s arrival has slammed shut his chances of first-team action at Liverpool and the transfer to an ambitious European outfit is indeed a sensible move for all parties involved.