Loris Karius has revealed what Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told him before loaning him out to Besiktas.
Karius joined Turkish side Besiktas on a two-season loan earlier this month, having been demoted to Liverpool’s second-choice behind new signing Alisson.
The German established himself as Liverpool’s starting keeper last season, but the campaign culminated in two high-profile mistakes in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The arrival of Alisson was a sure sign that Klopp’s trust in him had wavered, but Karius insists the manager told him he wanted to keep him before acquiescing to his wishes.
“He told me he would like to have me in the squad because he wants to have the best quality players,” he said at his unveiling.
“But I speak to him, I ask him for my wish, and that it is important for me to make this move and play for Besiktas.
“I talked with him a long time and he understands my situation.
“Then, I think it was a good deal for everyone so he wished me well, he said he would have liked to keep me, yeah.
“I am a young age for a goalkeeper, my goal here is to win cups with my teammates, to earn the victories. The fans are exciting here, Beşiktaş will contribute to my development.
“The support of the fans was extraordinary, I feel very good, I feel the support of fans so much, it is a unique support.
“The biggest reason I came here is the messages the fans sent me. They showed me what they really wanted. Every player wants to feel such love, you want to do the best with this feeling.
“I spoke to the German players who played here, they were totally positive.
“I have not spoken directly with Mario Gomez, but I’ve heard absolutely positive things, I know what he’s doing here, and I’ve heard absolutely positive things from our teammates.”