Karius says Besiktas right move for ‘next career step’

Managers Jurgen Klopp and Chris Hughton embrace on the touchline

Loris Karius has revealed that he had to convince Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to allow him to join Besiktas on a two-year loan deal.

"It is a great group of players and I am very excited and honoured to play for a club with such a tradition and wonderful fans", the German said in his first comments since joining the Istanbul club on a two-year loan deal.

Liverpool signed Alisson from Roma in the transfer window to take over from Karius, who has now been given a chance to start afresh in the Turkish Super Lig.

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It's thought that despite the aforementioned Karius' Champions League final blunders, Liverpool were happy to keep the German as number two this season and let Mignolet move.

"If you give the circumstances with a serious injury, as well that I don't know in what way it affected me, you have to move on", Karius added.

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"I try my best to help the team in the build up", Alisson told reporters.

'I think I spoke to Naby every single weekend because I knew him before, we played together in Salzburg.

Klopp went on to admit there was little consolation in his side's run to the final of the Champions League after a defeat that had clearly left him crushed.

"I don't think a lot of players reach a Champions League final". So it was a great achievement.

'Still we kept in touch all the time and the first time he talked to me about Liverpool I said "welcome, this is a family, not a club - you will enjoy it". He understands my situation.

"I had a few centre-halves who were able to do things a centre-half should not do, like Mats Hummels (at Borussia Dortmund) constantly doing things which made no sense but he was really good in there".

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