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This 26 Year Old Could Return To Liverpool In January: Does He Still Have A Future At Anfield?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to report in Turkey, as cited by Liverpool Echo, Loris Karius could potentially return to Anfield in January. The Liverpool goalkeeper, who is on loan at Besiktas, is tipped to leave the club as part of new president Ahmet Nur Cebi’s squad overhaul. It is believed that the Turkish giants are in talks with Liverpool regarding the cancellation of Karius’ loan contract and the player could return to the Premier League during the upcoming January transfer window.

Karius’ failure at Besiktas

After making a massive blunder during the 2018 UEFA Champions League final and on many other occasions, Karius moved to Besiktas on loan in the corresponding summer in an attempt to resurrect his career.

However, the German has only faced disappointment. Although he made 30 appearances in his debut campaign in the Turkish Super Lig last season, he conceded 39 goals. His sloppy form in between the sticks meant Besiktas ended the campaign with the joint-leakiest defensive record in the top six.

This season, Karius has attained reasonably better statistics. But, his form hasn’t been good enough to impress newly appointment president Cebi, who is not a huge fan of the German. As a result, the ex-Mainz ‘keeper is likely to leave Istanbul in January and return to Anfield.

Does Karius still have a future at Anfield?

Liverpool boast the services of one of the best goalkeepers in the world in the shape of Alisson. The Brazilian, since arriving from Roma last summer, has been in top form, notably helping the Reds win the Champions League. But, he has been unlucky with injuries this season, though he did return against Manchester United earlier this month.

Backup ‘keeper Adrian became a cult-hero with a couple of impressive performances when he was deputising for the then-injured Alisson. The very first time Liverpool failed to secure a victory in the Premier League this season was the very first time the ex-West Ham star was not included in the starting lineup.

Nonetheless, Adrian’s decent performances mean Liverpool have a reliable backup for Alisson. And even if the Spaniard himself gets injured, youngster Caoimhin Kelleher is more than ready to step in.

Hence, the Reds definitely won’t need Karius anymore even if he returns to Anfield in January. They should, instead, sell him permanently this time as Jurgen Klopp continues to perfect his squad.

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