Loris Karius has joined Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas on an initial two-year loan that will likely draw his troubled Liverpool career to a close.
Karius arrived from Mainz in 2016, hailed as the saviour of the Reds’ long-term problems between the sticks.
Voted the second-best goalkeeper in the Bundesliga in his final season with Jurgen Klopp‘s old club, behind only Manuel Neuer, the German was expected to settle as No. 1.
But a broken hand in his first pre-season, followed by a difficult start on his return to the side, saw him fall behind Simon Mignolet, before reclaiming his place at the start of 2018.
After a strong run of form, however, a miserable night in the Champions League final—hampered with concussion, no less—put paid to his time on Merseyside.
Karius has joined the Istanbul club for two years, with the Reds receiving £2.25 million, and will move permanently for £7.25 million if he meets performance-based targets.
Liverpool will also have a 20 percent sell-on clause if the deal becomes permanent.
He is also believed to have signed a new one-year contract with his parent club, however, with an option to extend this by a further 12 months if he returns in 2020.
While it is far from the situation both Karius and Liverpool envisaged two years ago, this should be a beneficial deal for the stopper as he looks to rebuild his reputation on the continent.
This Is Anfield wish Loris all the best!