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May 21, 2020, 6:00:00 AM

Loris Karius' Agent Fires Back at Beşiktaş Officials

Loris Karius had a tumultuous time on loan to Beşiktaş from Liverpool and it was punctuated by a rough exit. The goalkeeper’s agent has fired back at Beşiktaş officials.

Karius was on loan to Beşiktaş since 2018, but issues between him and the organization were too much for both parties. The straw that broke the camel’s back was because of a payment issue in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. The team had a backlog of payments that he did not receive and then the new payment plan was set in place.

Game-wise he had a productive spell with the team. There were some times that he was criticized because of his supposed lack of effort by both fans and pundits. Many expected him to become one of the best goalkeepers in the Super Lig because of the reputation that he created in both the Bundesliga and the Premier League, but they came out disappointed.

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His manager at the time even criticized his play guarding the goal. Şenol Güneş was not a fan of Karius in his system because he saw him as a player that is wasting his wealth of talent by being lazy.

When he was in the Bundesliga, he was voted as second-best goalkeeper in the league at the time. This was significant because the German top-flight is one of the most talent-laden leagues in the entire world.

His agent Florian Goll has since talked about his client’s plans heading into the future. He believes that Karius still has a bright career ahead of him given that he is only 26 years old and goalkeepers usually have longer careers than any other position.

Goll said, ‘He is now returning to Liverpool where he still has two years of the contract. We haven’t discussed what we will do in the future. Let’s see what will happen. Unfortunately, Besiktas’ board have handled things pretty badly. We decided to keep calm despite the unpaid wages. Karius was ready to help the club during this situation but they never listened’.

This is a bad look for the Turkish club because if proven right, this could sour some player-club relationships.

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Words: Cholo Martin

Image: PA