Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is on the lookout for a new club after his loan spell at Besiktas took a turn for the worst in recent days.
Turkish media outlet Fanatik reported [via Liverpool Echo] that the German was jeered by some of the Istanbul club’s supporters after their cup exit to second-tier Buyuksehir Belediye Erzurumspor on Wednesday and has told his agent to find him a new club in England or Germany.
As noted by the Liverpool Echo, Besiktas are obligated to purchase the 26-year-old in the summer for £7.25m once his two-year loan spell from Anfield expires, pending the number of appearances made and European qualification, with the Reds having a 20% sell-on clause if his move to Turkey becomes permanent.
Karius, whose Liverpool career never recovered from his two fateful mistakes in the 2018 Champions League final, has again been through the wringer at Besiktas in recent weeks. The Istanbul club have lost seven of their last eight matches, with the German playing in five of those defeats and conceding 14 goals in that period (as per TransferMarkt).
Since the start of the season, he has played in 24 matches for Besiktas and shipped 38 goals (1.58 per game) and managed only six clean sheets (25% of games), the last of which came just over two months ago. [via TransferMarkt]
The 26-year-old’s form is in stark contrast to that of Liverpool’s current first choice goalkeeper Alisson, who was beaten for the first time in eight Premier League games against Wolves on Thursday night and has kept eight clean sheets in his last 10 matches, shipping only two goals in that time. The Brazilian has been beaten 11 times in 22 appearances for the Reds so far this term, his concession rate of one every two games more than three times superior to that of Karius. [via TransferMarkt]
Liverpool’s backup ‘keeper Adrian also boasts a notably better concession rate than the German, with the 33-year-old shipping 16 goals in 14 appearances this season (1.14 per game), although he has a lower clean sheet percentage than Karius, having managed only three shutouts (18.75% of games). That said, the Reds have won 13 of the 14 matches in which the Spaniard has played for them, so he has proven to be a dependable alternative to Alisson. [via TransferMarkt]
The imperious form of Alisson and the decent record of Adrian would suggest that Karius has no future at Liverpool, especially given the German’s troubles during his loan spell in Turkey. However, with the player seemingly not keen on staying at Besiktas, that could throw a spanner in the works as far as his parent club are concerned.
If his planned permanent move to Istanbul materialises, Liverpool would gain £7.25m from his sale, a 54.2% profit on the £4.7m they made for him in 2016 (as per The Independent), as well as benefitting from a 20% sell-on clause. The best thing for the Reds may be for Karius’ fortunes at Besiktas to improve sufficiently so that he can be persuaded to stick with the plan to sell him outright to the Turkish outfit in the summer and the Anfield club pocket a few million pounds from his permanent departure.
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