Loris Karius is leaving Liverpool on extended loan deal; deal close to completion

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Loris Karius is close to completing a long-term loan move to Besiktas as he strives to get his career back on track.

Liverpool have paved the way for the goalkeeper to leave the club this summer after losing his starting spot to new signing Alisson.

Karius’ future has looked uncertain since his disastrous Champions League final, in which two errors played a monumental role in Real Madrid winning a third successive European crown.

Jurgen Klopp’s hopes of rebuilding his shot-stopper’s confidence and momentum were quickly dashed by a serious of nervy pre-season displays.

The Reds’ boss has now sanctioned a departure for the 25-year-old, leaving Simon Mignolet as his no.2 behind Alisson.

Turkish club Besiktas are close to sealing a two-year loan deal with an option to buy for Karius, reports the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce.

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Loris Karius – image by Liverpoolfc.com

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With a deal yet to be finalised, Karius remains part of the Liverpool squad that has travelled for Monday night’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The length of his loan move to Besiktas hints at his Anfield career drawing to a close, with once world record goalkeeper signing Alisson unlikely to offer the former Mainz shot-stopper a route back into starting contention.

Karius’ nightmare evening in Kiev arrived at a cruel time, hindering his progress after undoubtedly his brightest spell of form in a Liverpool shirt.

A spell in Turkey now awaits as an ideal opportunity to rediscover his form away from the spotlight and without questions surrounding his future looming over his every move. It is a chance to simply get back to playing football and bury the events of the past few months.

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