Sadly, the promising career of Loris Karius will always be remembered for all the wrong reasons at Anfield.
The former Manchester City youth player had his big break back in his home nation Germany playing for 1.FSV Mainz 05, before moving back to England to join Liverpool for £4.7 million – a nominal, and probably a little naïve, fee considering the £66.9 million Klopp spent on Alisson.
“It’s a very good feeling and it’s an honour to play for a club like this,” he told the official club site (via Sky Sports). Adding, “They have a special history and the fans are amazing here, so I look forward to playing at Anfield.
“I know a lot about the club from watching them on TV. The history, everybody who plays football knows. There a lot of things in my head when I think of this club.”
It was undoubtedly one of the greatest and worst moments of Loris Karius’ career when he made the Champions League final with Liverpool; the sheer jubilation of competing for one of football’s most illustrious trophies marred by two awful mistakes.
The first came when he literally chucked the ball at Benzema for a tap-in and the second a miscalculated Gareth Bale’s shot.
The German’s career hit a very, very steep decline from this point on.
An extremely poor pre-season (at least from a personal perspective) returned more comical errors, as he fumbled, stumbled and choked his way around England’s lowest tiers; and it was becoming increasingly obvious that he would never return to form in a Liverpool shirt again.
If his tale was not tragic enough, his move to Besiktas has taken a rotten turn.
According to Liverpool Echo Loris Karius has asked FIFA to intervene claiming he is owed four months wages; news which follows the scathing attack on the keeper by manager Senol Gunes.
“He was at fault for the goals he conceded,” Gunes said (as per Liverpool Echo). “Karius has gone a bit stagnant, something is wrong with his electricity, motivation, enthusiasm for the game.
“It has been like that since the beginning. He does not really feel a part of the team, it’s something we haven’t been able to work out and, of course, I am partly to blame for this.
“Something is wrong, he has also been unlucky. [He] is talented but it hasn’t worked out and we have a problem. Let me put it this way, if I still had Tolga available I would play him.”
It is hard not to feel sorry for Karius, who is clearly having a torrid time in football at the moment.