Liverpool must keep hold of Mignolet if Karius leaves on loan

Liverpool cannot allow Simon Mignolet to leave if Loris Karius joins Besiktas, where, according to Turkish Football, the German goalkeeper could move to on loan.

Loris Karius warms up prior to Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Blackburn Rovers

What’s the word?

There has been a major shift in goalkeepers this summer following the acquisition of Alisson from Roma.

Jurgen Klopp needed to bring in a new shot-stopper due to the howlers made by Karius in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May.

Alisson’s arrival pushed the German down to second choice, and now reports from Turkish Football claim that Besiktas are confident of tying up a loan deal for Karius.

Elsewhere, The Sun has quoted Mignolet’s agent Nico Vaesen as saying that he is in talks with Napoli to strike a deal for his client.

Who should Liverpool keep?

There is no way that the Merseyside outfit can afford to let both keepers leave, despite the fact that neither are deemed good enough for the club.

Third-choice keeper Danny Ward has already left Anfield, so Klopp would have to turn to the academy if he required cover for Alisson.

If the Reds want to launch a serious Premier League title bid then they cannot risk leaving themselves in a vulnerable position if Alisson suffers an injury.

Even though Liverpool could do with getting Mignolet off the wage bill, it is probably best if the club kept the experienced Belgian as backup.

Karius is in need of a confidence boost, and a loan arrangement elsewhere could give him what he needs to find his feet again.