Loris Karius Welcomed By Fans At Istanbul Airport After Joining Besiktas On Two-Year Loan Deal From Liverpool As German Looks To Rebuild His Career

Loris Karius was greeted by Besiktas fans when he arrived at Istanbul Airport on Saturday

Goalkeeper Loris Karius was given a hero’s welcome after he officially left Liverpool to join Turkish side Besiktas on a two-year loan deal.

Karius – who made two costly errors in the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid in May – has been replaced as Liverpool’s No 1 by Alisson Becker.

An exit has appeared on the cards for some time and the 25-year-old arrived at Istanbul Airport in Turkey on Saturday night to large crowds of Besiktas fans.

The goalkeeper has left Liverpool to join Turkish side Besiktas on a two-year loan deal

‘Everybody at LFC wishes Loris the best of luck during his loan spell,’ a statement said.

Addressing the potential move on Friday, manager Jurgen Klopp said Karius had not been ‘sacked’, adding: ‘It is only change. That’s football, no problem with that.’

The German was left out of Liverpool’s squad to play at Crystal Palace on Monday night with Simon Mignolet drafted in to sit among the substitutes.

Karius has made 49 appearances for the Reds since joining the club from Mainz in 2016. He had won the No 1 jersey last season but his Champions League final errors and a poor pre-season led him to drop out of contention.

Besiktas contested the first leg of their Europa League play-off against Partizan Belgrade on Thursday and earned a crucial 1-1 draw away from home.

The Turkish powerhouse continue their league schedule at home to Antalyaspor on Sunday evening.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted recently he failed to find the right words to comfort Karius in the aftermath of that game in Kiev.

Klopp said: ‘I am a strong supporter of the idea of just shutting up if you don’t have the right words.

‘And other than a few comforting words I did not have the right words. I did not have a clue what you could say.’


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