Jurgen Klopp praises Loris Karius and confirms plans for Alisson’s backup

25 August 2018

Jurgen Klopp has lauded Loris Karius‘ two-year loan move to Besiktas as “good for him,” while confirming his plans for Alisson‘s deputy between the sticks.


The Reds announced Karius’ departure minutes after the final whistle in Saturday’s 1-0 win at home to Brighton, with the 25-year-old arriving in Turkey earlier in the day.

Karius will spend the next two campaigns in Istanbul, and will join Besiktas on a permanent basis if he meets certain performance-based criteria.

This comes after Klopp’s decision to replace his troubled compatriot with Alisson, who moved to Merseyside in a then world-record £65 million deal with Roma in July.

The manager has insisted plans to sign the Brazil came prior to Karius’ nightmare performance in the Champions League final.

But nonetheless, speaking at his post-match press conference at Anfield, Klopp acknowledged the reprieve Karius would enjoy at Besiktas:

“We said goodbye yesterday, he’s really looking forward to it, so that’s good.

“It’s good for him, I really think Loris is a fantastic goalkeeper, at a very good goalkeeper age.

“A lot of people spoke now about our improved defence, and as good as Alisson was in the last three games, in most of the games when we were already really good he was not here.

“It was Loris in goal, and he did a lot of good things.

“When I saw the Besiktas team, it’s quite an experienced team so they have a good chance to win the league in Turkey.

“Now they have a really good goalkeeper, I’m really happy for him and he was very happy for the opportunity as well.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 25, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As with Monday’s win at Crystal Palace, Simon Mignolet was on the substitutes’ bench at Anfield, having failed to secure a move of his own this summer.

Fulham and Napoli both baulked at the finances involved in signing the Belgian, and now Klopp is planning for the season with him as No. 2.

Further cover is provided by academy duo Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher, who both impressed in pre-season and have since reverted to sharing duties with the Liverpool U23s.

“It’s all good. We have Simon Mignolet here: a wonderful, perfect goalkeeper as well for us,” he added.

“So that’s the situation now, plus the two kids of course.”

Alisson has now kept three clean sheets in his first three competitive games, with his performances further vindicating the big-money fee paid.

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