Safe to say that fortunes haven’t really taken an upturn for Loris Karius since his error-strewn nadir in the Champions League final last season.
After being replaced by a far superior model, Karius then fled the scene by signing a two-year loan deal with Besiktas. However, it looks like the buyer’s remorse has set in after just a few months.
Clearly struggling and utterly bereft of conviction, the German ‘keeper continued to drop clangers hither and thither and, after just nine error-strewn appearances (in which he’s conceded 14 goals – three of which have been own-goals), the Turkish club want to send him back to Anfield.
As per BBC Merseyside Sport, who cite reports emanating in Turkey, Besiktas have submitted a request to terminate Karius’ loan deal some 18 months early having left the club “unimpressed after a series of mistakes” in the three months he’s been in Istanbul.
It is believed Besiktas want to return Karius and swap him for Divock Origi, who Liverpool have made available for loan in January.
There are, it should be mentioned, conflicting accounts of the situation that merit scrutiny…
This story about Loris Karius potentially returning to Liverpool: it can’t happen. Besiktas have signed a two-year deal and couldn’t just send him back on a whim. Added fact is Besiktas are happy with his form 🔴
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) 30 October 2018
Either way, it certainly feels like we’re reaching the point where you can’t help but feel for Karius. He’s clearly not a bad ‘keeper, but a lack of luck and a lack of confidence appear to be conspiring against him at every turn.
Here’s hoping the next club – wherever it might be – is the right club.