Since the departure of Pepe Reina, Liverpool endured something of a goalkeeping crisis. The Reds suffered at the hands of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius successively. The Belgian was a decent shot stopper but his errors cost us far too many points. The German was frankly dreadful whilst at Anfield and famously cost the Reds the Champions League in Kiev. Following a loan move to Besiktas, it looks as though Loris Karius is set for an early return to Liverpool.
According to Turkish outlet Takvim, Besiktas are ready to cut short their two year loan of Loris Karius and return him to Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp loaned the German keeper to Besiktas in August 2018, with the move set to last two seasons.
Karius first arrived at Anfield in 2016 as Klopp looked to improve on the unsteady gloves of Simon Mignolet. At the time Liverpool were a potent attacking force but famously shaky in defence. It wasn’t until the arrival of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker that the Reds looked solid at the back.
The Besiktas keeper will go down in Anfield infamy for his two glaring errors in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev. Real Madrid opened the scoring after Karius rolled the ball out to Karim Benzema, he then failed to keep out a speculative long range effort from Gareth Bale that was hit right at him.
Unfortunately for Karius, he has been unable to shake his calamity prone ways. Whilst at Besiktas he has continued with his sloppy errors, with one particularly disastrous goal conceded in the Europa League:
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If Loris Karius does return to Liverpool in January he would likely be our third choice keeper behind Alisson and Adrian. Fingers crossed he finds his feet somewhere, it just won’t be at Anfield and by the looks of it it won’t be Besiktas either.