Besiktas manager Senol Gunes has admitted Loris Karius’ loan from Liverpool simply “hasn’t worked out.”
Following the goalkeeper’s latest error, he also admitted he would drop him if he could.
Karius was sent to the Turkish Super Lig outfit on a two-year loan deal back in August, two months after his poor display in the Champions League final, which ultimately resulted in him losing his place as no.1 to Alisson.
The German conceded a soft goal on Sunday as his side ran out 3-2 winners over Konyaspor, failing to make what should have been a routine save as Omer Ali Sahiner scored a 20th-minute equaliser.
Karius then had to bear the brunt of criticism from his own fans for the remainder of the game, with unconfirmed reports even suggesting the 25-year-old asked to be substituted at half-time as a result.
Shinji Kagawa’s late winner saved Karius’ blushes, but manager Gunes was not happy with his goalkeeper’s performance – admitting he would have dropped the German in favour of Tolga Zengin had the 35-year-old been available.
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“He was at fault for the goals he conceded,” Gunes said. “Karius has gone a bit stagnant, something is wrong with his electricity, motivation, enthusiasm for the game.
“It has been like that since the beginning. He does not really feel a part of the team, it’s something we haven’t been able to work out and, of course, I am partly to blame for this.
“Something is wrong, he has also been unlucky. [He] is talented but it hasn’t worked out and we have a problem. Let me put it this way, if I still had Tolga available I would play him.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius could seal a permanent move to Besiktas, according to club president, Fikret Orman.
The German goalkeeper joined the Turkish club on a two-year loan during the summer, after his errors in the Champions League final saw the Reds sign Alisson, but he has made a mixed start to life in his new surroundings.
In fact, it was even suggested the 25-year-old was on the verge of being dropped while some reports claimed he could even be sent back to Liverpool in January.
But Besiktas president Orman has laughed off those suggestions and instead revealed he hopes to sign Karius for good.
“Karius is an excellent keeper, God willing we will sign him on a permanent transfer,” Orman is quoted as saying by Turkish outlet Harberler.
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“These stories are complete nonsense.
“Give Karius some time is all I’m saying. Karius has a lot of work to do but give him time.”
The Turks have been so unimpressed with the German’s performances that they are ready to cut short his two-year loan after just six months.
Karius’ return to Liverpool will vacant the number one spot at Besiktas and they are ready to turn to a former favourite in Fabri to fill the position.
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Fulham are understood to be ready to consider offers for the out-of-favour goalkeeper and it could be just a matter of time before Besiktas touch base with the Premier League strugglers.
Everton striker Oumar Niasse could get a possible escape route out of the club as Galatasaray consider a second loan offer in January, according to Fanatik.
After a tough time at Goodison Park, the Senegal international was the subject of intense transfer speculation in the summer, with Toffees boss Marco Silva seemingly not a fan of the forward.
Niasse, 28, looked set to leave Goodison Park in the summer but Everton pulled the plug on a proposed loan move to Galatasaray at the last minute.
The striker, who is yet to score in six appearances so far this term, remains unhappy at his bit-part status on Merseyside and is keen to assess his options.
Niasse could be offered another potential escape route with Galatasaray preparing a second loan bid.
The Turkish giants are unable to bring in the Senegalese forward permanently due to Financial Fair Play regulations but are confident of snapping him up in January.
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And now he’s cost his new club all three points as they drew 1-1 with Bursaspor on Sunday night.
Having held the lead through former Liverpool star Ryan Babel, Besiktas were hit with four minutes to go as Diafra Sakho turned the ball home with Karius in no man’s land having foolishly gone to claim the cross.
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