Loris Karius has revealed Jurgen Klopp asked him to stay at Liverpool this season.
Karius has completed a two-year loan move to Besiktas, which will become permanent if he makes a set number of appearances for the Turkish club.
Karius lost his place at Liverpool following his Champions League final nightmare as the Reds splashed out a world-record fee to land Alisson.
Jurgen Klopp wanted the stopper to stay at Anfield as No.2 but Karius was determined to secure regular first-team football and opted to move to Besiktas.
And after being presented at his new club, the 25-year-old said: "Jurgen Klopp told me he would like to have me in the squad because he wants to have the best quality players.
"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."
Karius’ move means Simon Mignolet is set to deputise for Alisson this season.
The Belgian had expected to be the one to move on and earlier this week he questioned Klopp’s decision.
“I have always been clear: I want to play. Being number two or number three makes little difference. Playing minutes is the most important thing," he said.
“I find it bizarre that Karius was loaned while I also had options to be loaned. A goalkeeper who was preferred to me last year may leave on a loan basis. Strange.”
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