With football on hiatus due to the coronavirus and nobody entirely certain what it will look like when it returns, transfers too have been put on hold across Europe. For Liverpool fans, the big question has been about potential incomings.
For the club, though, outgoings will be just as important—and one player whose future looks rather uncertain as of today is Loris Karius, currently on loan at Besiktas but with the Turkish club not expected to make his stay permanent even before the crisis.
A return to the Bundesliga has been mooted, with Hertha Berlin in particular floated as a potential destination in the German press. Karius, though, insists he’s taking a wait and see approach when it comes to a possible transfer.
“I don’t want to get involved in speculation,” the 26-year-old told SportBild. “At the moment I’m just concentrating Besiktas. It is far too early to say anything about summer, especially now that nobody knows exactly what will happen because of corona.”
Revenues are expected to be down across Europe, at least in the short term, and as a result clubs will be less likely to spend big on transfer fees and wages—and spending big is going to be relative, meaning very different things to different clubs.
For the likes of Madrid or Barcelona, it might mean not spending over £100M on a payer in the next few years. For the likes of Liverpool, it might mean £50M. For a club like Hertha Berlin, the figure will likely end up being far lower than that.
All of which means that if Karius’ future seemed uncertain before, it’s more uncertain now, and all that the player can do is try to keep positive as he waits for football to return—and to continue to stay in touch with the coaches at Liverpool.
“I primarily text with goalkeeper coach John Achterberg,” he added. “Almost weekly. He’s my first point of contact, but sometimes I also text with Jürgen Klopp. I am in good contact with everyone there today, but I was never out of it.”