When Liverpool sent Loris Karius to Besiktas on a two-year loan with a conditional obligation to buy, fans thought they might have heard the last of the German goalkeeper whose career in Red seemed ended by a catastrophic, concussed Champions League final.
Given the difficulty in negotiating loans and purchase obligations with Turkish Super Lig clubs, perhaps they—and the club, for that matter—shouldn’t have. Perhaps everything since, from unpaid wages to attempts to renegotiate the deal to now a flat-out refusal to keep Karius beyond the current campaign, was entirely predictable.
Regardless, that’s where we find ourselves now. With Besiktas saying they don’t want to keep the now 26-year-old Karius past the current season—and even if they did, they say they don’t have the money to pay for him.
Liverpool, though, may just have a solution. At least according to the rumour mongers in Turkey today, who say he could be bound for Anderlecht in the summer, with the Belgian club supposedly having picked him out as their top goalkeeping target should Hendrik Van Crombrugge depart for Ajax as has been rumoured.
Our sincere hope is that it happens, and quickly, saving all of us—the fans, club, and perhaps most especially Karius himself—having to deal with all of this rumour and uncertainty any longer. We have doubts, though.
Largely, those doubts come down to the fact that in the summer of 2018 when Karius ended up at Besiktas, Anderlecht were also a rumoured destination for him, which gives this latest rumour something of the air of a lazy revival as nth-tier outlets lazily link the player to a club he’s been linked with previously.
Still, it would be nice if Anderlecht really were interested. And had a couple of quid to throw Liverpool’s way. And if we could wrap this up in relatively short order when the season ends. That would be nice.