The arrival of Alisson Becker at Liverpool signalled the end for Loris Karius.
His position in the squad was already at risk after the two mistakes he made in the Champions League final - and then Liverpool paid £66.9 million to sign Alisson from AS Roma.
So the decision was made to send Karius out on loan to Besiktas, with Jurgen Klopp insisting at the time: “It’s good for him.”
The German has made 10 appearances for the Turkish club but there have been some concerning moments.
He made a howler on his debut against Bursaspor in September and made a similar mistake against Malmo in the Europa League.
His form prompted reports from Turkey that Karius could return to Liverpool.
According to Fotomac, Besiktas, fourth in the Super Lig, are not entirely satisfied with the 25-year-old’s performances and have asked the Reds to cancel his two-year loan deal.
British media react to Karius rumours
In the deal, Besiktas would ask for Divock Origi instead.
However, Fotomac’s report has been quashed by the British media.
Daily Mail journalist Dominic King wrote on Twitter: “This story about Loris Karius potentially returning to Liverpool: it can’t happen.
“Besiktas have signed a two-year deal and couldn’t just send him back on a whim.
“Added fact is Besiktas are happy with his form.”
Meanwhile, the Evening Standard understand that the terms of the agreement mean Besiktas cannot terminate Karius’ loan spell early.
They add that the Turkish club haven’t given any indication that they are unhappy with the ‘keeper’s performances.
Per the Liverpool Echo, Besiktas are obligated to buy Karius for £7.25m - adding to the £2.25m loan fee they paid - in 2020 if certain performance criteria are met.
These include number of appearances and Besiktas qualifying for Europe.
In a report headlined 'the truth about Loris Karius' Liverpool loan', the Echo say there has been no dialogue between Besiktas and Liverpool about Karius' early return.
Meanwhile, Origi is yet to play for Liverpool this season after returning from a loan spell at Wolfsburg.
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