Besiktas Want Karius

According to David Maddock of the Mirror, Besiktas are interested in signing Liverpool’s Loris Karius and the talks are ongoing.

The German shot-stopper arrived in 2016 for around £5million from Mainz as manager Jurgen Klopp began shaping the team to his designs. It had become obvious somewhere along the line that Klopp preferred his signing to Simon Mignolet. Karius was given the No.1 shirt and the No.1 spot straight away, even though he started his first season at the club injured. As soon as he recovered from a broken hand, he was being regularly picked ahead of Mignolet  until that disappointing performance at Bournemouth, where his mistakes helped the Cherries complete an impressive comeback to win the game by 4-3.

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Klopp opted to rotate the two ‘keepers at the start of 2017/18, giving Karius the Champions League and putting Mignolet between the sticks in the Premier League. Midway through the campaign, he benched the Belgian permanently and put all his faith in Karius. That faith looked on its way to being fully repaid right until that fateful Champions League final.

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Since then, Liverpool signed Alisson Becker from AS Roma this summer for a world-record goalkeeper fee, and the move seems to indicate that manager Jurgen Klopp has lost all hope of shaping Karius into a class sweeper-keeper he always wanted his compatriot to become. The club have also dispensed with the services of Danny Ward, who joined Leicester City this summer in search of game-time.

Maddock claims Besiktas aim for an initial loan move with a possibility of the transfer being made permanent later, and should a deal happen, Klopp would not allow Mignolet to leave.


Veselin Trajkovic

A sports enthusiast, Liverpool FC fan, writing for several blogs, likes to focus on football for what it is, rather than stats or bias. Writing for FOAR since its inception.

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