Besiktas boss questions Karius ‘motivation’ after fan jeers

Date published: Tuesday 12th March 2019 8:27 - Matthew Stead

Loris Karius has had his “enthusiasm for the game” questioned after another error-strewn Besiktas display.

Karius has struggled to convince on a two-year loan in Turkey, keeping just five clean sheets in 26 games.

The Liverpool keeper was jeered by Besiktas supporters after conceding a soft equaliser to Omer Ali Sahiner against Konyaspor on Sunday.

He would be beaten again by Moryké Fofana, only for Shinji Kagawa to rescue him with a stoppage-time winner in a 3-2 victory.

Reports from Turkey even suggested the 25-year-old requested to be substituted, as his post-Champions League final struggles continue.

Besiktas manager Senol Gunes was incredibly supportive, suggesting that Karius has been a bit sh*t since he joined.

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

“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.”

Gunes admitted that Karius has only kept his place because 35-year-old reserve Tolga Zengin is unavailable for selection.

“Something is wrong, he has also been unlucky. [He] is talented but it hasn’t worked out and we have a problem,” he added.

“Let me put it this way, if I still had Tolga available I would play him.”


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