Besiktas manager Senol Gunes publicly criticises Loris Karius after latest mistake

  • Kobe Tong

Loris Karius is now seven months into his loan spell with Besiktas.

His fall from grace has been pretty dramatic over the last year, seemingly being ditched by Liverpool on the basis of one performance, albeit a disastrous one, in the Champions League final.

However, Karius is firmly at the back of Kopites’ mind and they have been preferring life with Alisson Becker between the sticks at Anfield.

One of the major positives of Liverpool’s season has been their back five and it can only be presumed that their ‘goals conceded’ tally would be weaker with Karius as number one.

There’s no doubting that the German is a capable goalkeeper and the most recent updates from Turkey seemed to have been positive about his performances.

Poor form for Karius

Liverpool fans always want their loan stars to perform and clips of Karius producing crucial saves in the Super Lig accumulated as many compliments as they did views.

However, it seems Karius’ momentum has fizzled out and his career might have reached a new low after Besiktas’ dramatic 3-2 win over Konyaspor at the weekend.

Karius was at fault for the visitors’ opening goal and although it wasn’t one of his worst clangers, the Liverpool Echo has revealed that Besiktas fans started to whistle and heckle him afterwards.

‘Something is wrong’ with Karius

What’s more, there are even reports from Turkey that Karius asked to be substituted at half-time.

Pretty strong stuff and the situation has escalated in the aftermath of the game, with Besiktas manager Senol Gunes publicly admitting that he wants to drop the Liverpool loanee.

“He was at fault for the goals he conceded,” Gunes explained. “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.”

Wow, it’s not often managers are so openly critical about their players.

Despite Besiktas enjoying a decent run of form recently, it seems that Gunes is starting to lose patience with his goalkeeper and admits he would start Tolga Zengin if he was available. 

Dropping to the bench in Turkey would be a massive blow to Karius and would raise serious questions about the remainder of his two-year loan.

There were strong doubts that Karius would ever wear the Liverpool jersey again and if things don’t change in Istanbul, he might not be wearing Besiktas colours for long either.

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