Loris Karius: Klopp wanted me to stay at Liverpool

Loris Karius has revealed that he had to convince Jurgen Klopp to let him go after completing his two-year loan move to Besiktas

The German displaced Simon Mignolet as Klopp’s first-choice goalkeeper last season.

But, after two high-profile errors in the Champions League final in May and Alisson Becker’s arrival from AS Roma, Karius found himself demoted to the bench.

Now the 25-year-old has opted to leave Liverpool for regular first-team action at Besiktas until at least 2020.

Although, Klopp wasn’t so keen on the idea.

“He told me he would like to have me in the squad because he wants to have the best-quality players,” said Karius, according to the Telegraph.

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“But I spoke to him and asked him for my wish. It is important to me to play for Besiktas. I talked with him for a long time and he understood my situation.

“It was a good deal for everyone. He wished me well but said he would have liked to keep me.

“I came here because I think I can make the next step in my career, improve as a player and also help the whole team to improve.

“I’m still young for a goalkeeper. I want to make the next step and hopefully win many titles with Besiktas.”

Karius made 49 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool.


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