A former teammate of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has come the German’s aid following a torrid 18 months in the professional game.
The 26-year-old shot-stopper has been out on loan at Besiktas since the summer of 2018, after enduring an ordeal in the Champions League final defeat to 13-time holders Real Madrid.
Karius was at fault for two of the three goals scored by Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in the biggest game of the former Mainz goalkeeper’s career.
The European calamity forced Jurgen Klopp’s hand for the following campaign as Karius would head to Turkey in an attempt to rebuild what was once a promising career.
However, in the eyes of Giulio Donati – Karius’ former Mainz teammate – Liverpool acted too harshly and feels the club were wrong to send him on a two-year sabbatical with the former Bayer Leverkusen defender deeming the act as more of a banishing.
He told tribalfootball.com: “Unfortunately, the media and all the people around football chose to blow up on a mistake.
“But we haven’t to forget that Liverpool reached that final even thanks to him.
“He was a young guy who had made a mistake in a final. It’s true that it was a very important match, but it could happen and it shouldn’t have deleted all the good things he had done.
“I’m sure he would have done well in the following years at Liverpool, but sadly we will not have the evidence now he’s in Turkey.”
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Although Donati’s comments are warranted, the reality is that shrewd recruitment and ruthless trading is what has got the Reds to where they are today.
Karius was a hugely talented goalkeeper and one who could certainly still enjoy a successful career. However, sadly for the former Manchester City youngster, Liverpool have never looked back since he traded Merseyside for Istanbul.
In the 18 months that have past, Liverpool have recruited Alisson Becker for a fee of £66.8m [BBC Sport] and the Brazil No.1 has gone on to win the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup.
The 2019 FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year has since continued his glowing rise to the pinnacle of Europe’s elite. Alisson is on course to claim his first Premier League trophy and is also increasingly likely to retain his Golden Glove accolade he won last season.