Liverpool goalkeeper and forgotten figure Loris Karius could be playing under Vincent Kompany next season, with Fotospor reporting that the Besiktas loanee is a target for Anderlecht.
It’s difficult to believe it has been four years since the German shot-stopper became one of Jurgen Klopp’s first-ever signings at Anfield, joining from Mainz in a £4.7 million deal [BBC Sport].
The former Manchester City prospect clocked up 49 appearances for the Reds over a two-year period before making the move to Turkey in 2018.
The 26-year-old has endured an error-ridden two-year loan spell at Besiktas since his Champions League final antics with Liverpool in 2018, and, speaking to Turkish Football, coach Sergen Yalcin has revealed that the Super Lig outfit have no plans to trigger the option-to-buy clause in Karius’s current contract.
Karius has made 30 appearances this season across the Turkish League and Europa League but has made high-profile errors – including against Slovan Bratislava in the latter competition in September.
Despite being a talented shot-stopper and showcasing early signs of promise, Karius has proven that he wasn’t able to cope at the top-level. Of course, the crescendo of this onslaught of errors culminated 2018 Champions League final in Kiev where the former Mainz goalkeeper gift-wrapped two goals against Real Madrid and ultimately cost him his future with Liverpool.
However, there is still hope for Karius with Anderlecht reportedly interested in securing his services.
Fotospor have claimed that Karius has been identified as a target to replace Hendrik Van Crombrugge, who has been persistently touted with a move to the Bundesliga with Schalke and Cologne both interested, opening up the possibility of a move to Belgium for Karius.
Vincent Kompany is currently the manager of the European giants after the former Manchester City captain called it a day on his career at the Etihad Stadium last summer.
However, life as head coach of one of the continent’s sleeping giants has proven less fruitful as first imagined. Despite featuring high profile names such as Nacer Chadli, Marko Pjaca and Samir Nasri, the four-time Premier League-winning captain’s side are all the way down in eighth in the Jupiler League table.
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It’s fair to say that Karius can be forgiven for wanting to put behind him what has been a forgettable five-year spell with at Anfield.
The only worry for Karius amid reported interest from Anderlecht is whether the Liverpool loanee will be able to get away from the limelight by linking up with another European juggernaut.
Kompany has come under increasing scrutiny this season and the arrival of one of the football’s most recognisable goalkeepers could be a recipe for disaster.