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Jurgen Klopp backs Loris Karius to become a hit with Besiktas

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed Loris Karius to become a good hit with Besiktas after joining them on a two-year loan deal. The Germany international had become the club’s back-up goalkeeper shortly after Alisson Becker’s arrival during the summer and he has now been allowed to head to Istanbul to better his chances of regular gametime.

Speaking after the Reds’ win over Brighton, Klopp was complimentary of Karius despite his recent shortcomings and believes the German can become a success during his time with the Black Eagles, he said: “I really think Loris is a fantastic goalkeeper at a very good age. A lot of people spoke to me about our improved defensive things, but as good as Alisson has been in the last three games, he was not here for the games before that, it was Loris in goal and he did a lot of good things. Besiktas have quite an experienced team so I think they have a good chance to win the league in Turkey, so that’s cool.”

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Toby Alderweireld backs Daley Blind to make Ajax return

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has backed Daley Blind to make a potential return to Ajax during the ongoing transfer window. Both Alderweireld and Blind played together at the Amsterdam-based club and the latter has been heavily tipped to rejoin his former side after falling out of favour at Manchester United.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, Alderweireld heaped praise on ex-teammate Blind and admitted that it would be nice if the Dutchman makes a comeback with the Capital outfit, he said: “Daley is a great guy. We did not just play together, but also went to school together. He is a proper Amsterdammer. It is nice for both parties involved that he has said he would be open to a return – if it happens.”

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