Why Liverpool should sell Loris Karius if he returns in January
According to reports in Daily Star, Turkish giants Besiktas want to send Loris Karius back after a horror start to his two-year loan spell. The German could return to Liverpool just three months into his loan spell in Turkey.
Jurgen Klopp’s men offloaded the shot-stopper when his blunders proved to be the decisive difference in the team’s 3-1 loss against Real Madrid in the Champions League final. The 25-year-old gifted goals to Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in Kiev. Such was a might of that game, hence, it was clear that the Reds would sell/loan him in the summer.
They did exactly that by sending the German on loan to Besiktas for two years. However, the report suggests that the Turkish club are losing patience with him after a fairly unconvincing start. After making a mistake on his debut, where he flapped after coming out of the cross, he did something similar in the Europa League game against Malmo.
Therefore, it is pretty clear that the Black Eagles are eager to send him back before the 25-year-old’s confidence goes further down the barrel. (Daily Star)
Liverpool will eventually get Karius back being the parent club, however, they should sell as soon as he returns to England. Here’s why:
Confidence issues still lurking
Being a goalkeeper is a job full of risks because there is nothing behind saving a shot from going inside the net. Hence, there is a difference in an outfield player making mistake and a goalkeeper making a hash of the situation. For that reason, shot-stoppers have to be mentally strong to deal with the pressure even if they commit an error or two.
However, Karius’ blunders were committed in a game which is at par with the biggest game in world football. That is why his confidence is gone post-Kiev. Mentally, it will be difficult for him to regain trust in his own abilities and forget the past.
Therefore, in all honesty, it makes sense from Liverpool’s point of view to sell him to a smaller club and hope that he becomes a good goalkeeper again. Maybe playing in a team with less pressure attached would help the German get back to his best. He is a talented player who committed a mistake at the wrong time. As time passes, he will get better.