Loris Karius was officially unveiled as a Besiktas player on Wednesday afternoon.
After a long summer of fallout from his Champions League final performance, the German goalkeeper has now sidestepped out of the limelight with a two-year loan move to Turkey.
It had long been speculated that Karius would remain at Liverpool, playing as the club’s number two shot stopper, while Simon Mignolet would be the man to be offloaded.
However, in the aftermath of Alisson Becker’s high-profile arrival and further Karius mistakes throughout pre-season, the situation has changed drastically.
Now Mignolet – whether he likes it or not – will warm the bench at Anfield this season as Karius tries his hand out on loan.
BESIKTAS UNVEIL LORIS KARIUS
The deal was wrapped up earlier this week with many Besiktas supporters greeting him at the airport and now the man himself has spoken to the press.
It was quite a big occasion for the 25-year-old because, after all, fans have only heard from him over social media since that night in Kiev.
That all changed at a press conference in Istanbul this week and it would come as no surprise that most of the questions were focused on Liverpool.
KARIUS SPEAKS OUT ABOUT KLOPP
One of the most interesting topics discussed during the interview was his conversation with Klopp before he departure Liverpool.
Fans have heard mixed reports about whether it was the manager’s decision or not and supporters have finally been given clarification.
“Jurgen Klopp told me he would like to have me in the squad because he wants to have the best quality players,” Karius revealed.
“But I spoke to him, I told him my wish and that it was important for me to make this move and play for Besiktas.
“I talked with him for a long time and he understands my situation. Then, I think it was a good deal for everyone so he wished me well but he said he would have liked to keep me, yes.”
It speaks volumes about the mindsets of both Karius and Klopp.
The manager certainly wanted him to remain at Liverpool and potentially give him a second chance, but the player wanted to bring a close to his time on Merseyside.
Was that because he wanted to step away from the limelight? Did he simply want more game-time? Fans will have to be the judge of that.
Nevertheless, Kopites will have their fingers crossed that Karius can rediscover his best from over in Turkey and hopefully find his feet at the top level again.
It would be a terrible shame if that night in Kiev would go on to define his entire career.