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Dean Saunders identifies unexpected Liverpool return for Loris Karius next summer

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Dean Saunders identifies unexpected Liverpool return for Loris Karius next summer

Despite a fall from grace, former Liverpool player turned pundit Dean Saunders believes that goalkeeper Loris Karius could make a shock return to Anfield next summer.

“Karius cost them against Real Madrid and Klopp will be kicking himself because he should have done something about it before,” Saunders told the Daily Express.

“You don’t want to see that happen to anyone, but the lad’s had to go to Turkey and I think he’s done the right thing, get away, rebuild your confidence and your belief then come back again.

“Maybe in a years time, we’ll say; ‘look he was on the floor, but now he’s shown real mental strength from that set back and come back’.”

Besikta´s goalkeeper Loris Karius throws out the ball during the UEFA Europe League Group I football match Malmo FF v Besiktas in Malmo, Sweden on October 4, 2018. (Photo by Andreas HILLERGREN / SCANPIX / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo credit should read ANDREAS HILLERGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

Currently on loan with Turkish side Besiktas, there is an option to make that deal permanent included in the loan agreement but there has been no indication to date whether his new club will activate it.

With doubts about Simon Mignolet’s future as he grows unhappy with the lack of first team football, it may not be much of a surprise if Karius returns with fresh confidence to provide an alternative to Alisson Becker.

It may not be easy for Karius to make such a return, but Saunders is right in his belief that he could return to play for the club again.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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