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Potential Loris Karius return is the last thing Liverpool will have wanted

Loris Karius could return to Liverpool in January, according to reports. It’s just about the last thing the Reds will have wanted.

We could well see Loris Karius return to Liverpool next month. That’s what Kicker believes, given how poorly the German’s lost spell has gone.

Karius only made his competitive debut for Union Berlin on Tuesday, after joining on loan back in September. It didn’t go well, either.

They clost to lower-league Paderborn 3-2 at home, falling out of the DFB-Pokal as a result. Not a great first impression from Karius, who faced pressure as it was.

Union Berlin may cut things short, then, and they presumably have that option. Karius’s return, however, is about the last thing Liverpool will have wanted.

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Liverpool Echo journalist Paul Gorst said ahead of the loan deal that the Reds wanted Karius off their wage bill. Preferably permanently, although that didn’t come to pass.

Well, it appears he may be about to get back on it. If he does, it’s hard to see how he leaves it before the end of his contract.

Things didn’t go well with the two-year spell at Besiktas, after all. Union Berlin and return to the Bundesliga was supposed to be a rebirth, then.

Instead, we’ll watch Karius’s stock sink even lower. Who is going to take his wages on next? It’s difficult to see any option.

Karius has a contract until 2022, it appears. After initially signing a contract until 2021, Liverpool and Karius agreed to a one-year extension as part of his loan to Besiktas, per the Liverpool Echo.

That report also claims that it would have been an extra year if Karius made the squad for this campaign. No wonder they wanted him off the books, then.

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But, if he does return, would it trigger than clause? We don’t know the ins and outs of this one but it certainly appears to be muddy waters.

Regardless, the Guardian backs up the claim that Karius still has a year left after this one.

And if he does return from Union Berlin prematurely, we can only see him stuck with Liverpool until June 2022.

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