The 25-year-old German flew to Istanbul today to undergo a medical ahead of completing a two-year loan deal. The two clubs reached agreement following protracted negotiations, interrupted by a national holiday in Turkey.
The loan fee is £2.25m with further bonuses depending on appearances and Besiktas achievements. If the deal becomes permanent, Liverpool inserted a 20% sell-on clause.
Besiktas’ social media team jumped the gun, however. With formalities still to be completed, they published the above photograph of Karius in the club’s goalkeeper kit as their Twitter banner.
As the news went viral, they hastily withdrew the picture, awaiting the two clubs to confirm the deal is complete.
For Karius, it’s the chance to a horrible chapter in his career behind him. Two inexplicable errors in the highest profile club match of the season pushed him onto a downward spiral. His already battered confidence was damaged further when he made another mistake in the first pre-season friendly at Tranmere.
Within weeks, Liverpool signed Alisson Becker, 25, from Roma in a move Jurgen Klopp repeatedly claimed was already in motion before Karius’ howlers in the 3 – 1 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid.
The German coach’s protestations are so loud that many believe them Shakespearean; “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”.
Whatever the case, it seems Karius’ Anfield nightmare is finally at an end.