Jurgen Klopp breaks silence on £9.5m Liverpool transfer deal

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unaware of reports linking goalkeeper Loris Karius with a move to Turkish side Besiktas.

Widespread reports on Monday suggested that the German stopper has agreed a two-year loan to the Super Lig side. Karius’ future has been uncertain since his error-strewn display in the Champions League final against Real Madrid and the arrival of Alisson Becker from Roma for a world record fee.

But speaking after the 2-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace, Klopp claimed to be in the dark over the future of the 25-year-old.

“Nothing to say,” Klopp told reporters. “Nobody told me anything on a transfer.”

Despite featuring for Liverpool in pre-season, Karius’ days at Anfield look to be numbered just two years after his arrival from Mainz. The Liverpool Echo have detailed the terms of the deal which could see the club recoup as much as £9.5m.

Besiktas will pay £2.25m for Karius for the initial 24-month loan with a clause inserted in the deal for it to become permanent if a number of conditions are met.

These include Besiktas qualifying consistently for Europe and Karius making a sufficient number of appearances.

The 15-time Turkish champions will have to pay £7.25m to make the move permanent at the end of the loan, with Liverpool having already negotiated a 20% sell-on clause.

The terms of the agreement mean Liverpool are likely to make a profit on the £4.75m they paid for Karius in May 2016, in spite of his dire performances on Merseyside.