Jurgen Klopp praises Loris Karius after Liverpool goalkeeper joins Besiktas on loan
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Jurgen Klopp has praised Loris Karius and wished him luck at Besiktas after the German goalkeeper completed a two-year loan move to the Turkish giants.
The 25-year-old, who was usurped in the pecking order at Anfield by £68m signing Alisson, endured an error-ridden end to his career with the Reds that culminated in two high-profile mistakes in the Champions League final.
However, Klopp does not believe that performance against Real Madrid is a true reflection of Karius’ talent and has backed him to win the league in Turkey.
‘We said goodbye yesterday. He is really looking forward to it, so that’s good,’ Klopp explained after Liverpool’s win over Brighton, where Alisson kept a third straight clean sheet. ‘It’s good for him, I really think. Loris is a fantastic goalkeeper at a very good goalkeeper age.
‘A lot of people speak now about our improved defensive things and as good as Alisson was in the last three games, in most of the games when we were already really good in that 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 they have there. They have a good chance to win the league in Turkey, that’s cool.
‘Now they have a really good goalkeeper. I’m really happy for him and he was very happy about the opportunity as well. All good. ‘And we have Simon Mignolet here, a wonderful, perfect goalkeeper as well for us. That’s the situation now. Plus, the two kids [Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher] of course.’
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