Loris Karius could still return to Anfield when his loan with Besiktas expires. The 26-year-old joined the Turkish side on a two-year loan deal in 2018, which is due to end next summer.

Liverpool inserted an obligation to buy clause which was expected to trigger a £7.25m transfer to Besiktas upon completion of the loan.

However, that clause hinges on Besiktas qualifying for the Europa League and the player meeting unspecified performance criteria.

 

Karius will not have helped his chances of staying in Turkey during his performance last night. The German made yet another calamitous error for Besiktas in their Europa League clash with Slovan Bratislava.

Prior to the game Karius spoke about a potential return to Liverpool, he said. “I’m not thinking about [returning to Liverpool] at the moment.

“There’s still a long way to go before my loan spell ends. I am focusing on matches, my performances. We will talk about it at the end of the season.”

With performances like yesterday’s you can only assume Karius is not to hitting the performance targets necessary to trigger an obligation to buy clause.

The possibility of the German shot stopper heading back to Merseyside next season is becoming increasingly likely.

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