Loris Karius. His is not a name that many Liverpool fans would welcome in or around the club in any capacity. Regardless of our famed song, or the Sergio Ramos-shaped mitigating circumstance surrounding that game, Karius has become persona non grata on Merseyside. Or at least the Red half of Merseyside. He’d be quite the upgrade for the Blues.
Liverpool thought they had solved the Karius conundrum in August of 2018 when they sent him to Turkish side Besiktas on a two-year loan-to-buy deal. At the time, there was the expectation that Karius would likely trigger the total appearances clause in the loan deal, thereby creating an obligation to buy for Besiktas in the summer of 2020. Now it seems that is no longer the case.
Indeed, according to the online publication Turkish Football, Besiktas are already lining up Karius’ replacement. Instead of going forward with Karius, they’re looking toward Aston Villa’s goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland.
The 29-year-old Norwegian has just 6 appearances across all competitions for Villa. If this rumor is true, it shows just how far Karius’ stock has fallen since we last saw him in the preseason leading up to the 2018/19 season.
Either way, it seems unlikely that Karius remains at the club, even as a backup. Hopefully wherever Michael Edwards moves him on to will be a place where he can finally start rebuilding his career after a horror show of a Champions League final and difficult loan spell.