Regardless of which football club you support, it was impossible not to feel a degree of sympathy for Loris Karius back in May.
The German goalkeeper messed up spectacularly in the biggest match of his career, costing Liverpool a chance to win another European Cup in the process.
The inexplicable error Karius committed for the Karim Benzema goal will never be forgotten, while his mistake for Gareth Bale’s long-range effort wasn’t much better.
Karius was in tears after Real Madrid secured their 3-1 victory in Kiev and pleaded with the Liverpool fans to forgive him.
To see a fellow human being so visibly crushed on one of the biggest nights of his life was genuinely tough to watch.
It was clear in pre-season that Karius’s confidence was shot to pieces and so Jurgen Klopp reacted by bringing in Alisson Becker from AS Roma.
Karius, meanwhile, was forced to leave Anfield on loan, eventually signing for Turkish outfit Besiktas on a temporary two-year deal.
The 25-year-old’s spell in Turkey hasn’t been error-free - he made one dreadful mistake against Malmo in the Europa League at the beginning of October - but a video of his first four months at the Vodafone Stadyumu shows where his career is at right now.
Titled ‘You Won't Believe How Good Karius Has Become’, it shows Karius looking confident once again, pulling off fine save after fine save.
Watch it here...
Although Liverpool fans are more than happy to have Alisson, they’ll surely be pleased to see Karius performing well again for his loan club.
Karius’s chances of returning to Liverpool are slim, but it’s not completely against the realms of possibility - particularly if he continues producing eye-catching performances.
It’s just good to see a player, whose confidence had totally gone, now enjoying his football once more.
Despite Karius’s impressive displays, though, Besiktas currently find themselves sixth in the Turkish Super Lig.
They will be hoping their on-loan ‘keeper can help them rise up the table during the second half of the season, closing the gap on leaders Istanbul Basaksehir in the process.News Now - Sport News