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Karius jets off to Turkey as Besiktas loan move beckons

17:48 SAST 2018/08/25
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The Liverpool goalkeeper is expected to put pen to paper on a two-year loan switch once he lands in Istanbul after losing his place to Alisson

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is on his way to Turkey after agreeing a loan switch to Besiktas for the next two seasons. 

Karius muscled his way ahead of Simon Mignolet in the pecking order during the last campaign, and was Jurgen Klopp's first choice as the Reds battled to the Champions League final. 

But two big mistakes against Real Madrid drew unwanted attention to the German, who also suffered concussion during that game. 

Klopp reacted in the summer by signing Roma's Alisson, who briefly became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world before Kepa's arrival at Chelsea

Not content to sit on the bench, Karius will try his luck at Besiktas, who took the unusual step of 'announcing' the transfer by changing their Twitter header to a photo of the keeper

The loan move will nevertheless be confirmed when the player lands in Istanbul, having been pictured taking off from Manchester Airport on Saturday accompanied by his family. 

Also present was agent Florian Goll, a close collaborator throughout Karius' career and the man who manages his affairs along with the goalkeeper's father. 

Karius has also signed a contract extension with Liverpool, where he has played 49 games to date since moving from Mainz in 2016.