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USMNT winger Boyd shows well in first Besiktas-Gala derby

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USMNT winger Tyler Boyd was one of very few American players in action this weekend, as the Turkish Super Lig continued behind closed doors.

Boyd went 90 minutes in his first Istanbul derby between Besiktas and Galatasaray. He was an unused sub when Besiktas won the reverse fixture in October.

The sides drew 0-0 on Sunday at Vodafone Park.

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Boyd had a strong match, winning 11 of 16 duels and converting two of this dribbles. He had 41 touches, six tackles, three interceptions, and two clearances.

Ex-Liverpool keeper made four saves for Besiktas.

The draw will leave both sides unhappy

Gala moves onto 50 points, matching the point won by drawing co-leaders Trabzonspor and Istanbul Basaksehir who both have 53.

Besitkas moves into fifth, a point ahead of Alanyaspor but five back of fourth-place Sivasspor. Turkey’s top two make the Champions League, while third and fourth go to the Europa League.

Besiktas seems to accidentally announce Karius signing

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Reports across Europe have claimed that Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is on his way to Turkish club Besiktas, and that seems to have been accidentally confirmed on Friday.

ESPN reported earlier this week that Beskitas had signed Karius on a two-year loan deal. On Friday, the club’s Twitter account was caught posting a graphic on their profile header with the announcement before it was taken down soon after.

According to the ESPN report, there is a $2.9 million loan fee with another $10 million at stake in performance bonuses. Liverpool reportedly has a 20% future sell-on fee should Besiktas make the loan deal permanent at the end of the two years.

Karius’s Liverpool downfall has been highly public. His disastrous performance in the Champions League final was the beginning of the end, followed by Liverpool’s acquisition of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson. Karius was reportedly caught off guard by the club’s acquisition of a big-money signing at his position, and was put off by the move.

The 25-year-old German will now compete with Besiktas captain Tolga Zengin for the starting goalkeeper spot.

Klopp defends Karius after preseason mistake

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Jurgen Klopp has jumped to the defense of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius after he had another big mistake.

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Liverpool beat Tranmere Rovers 3-2 in their latest preseason friendly but Karius spilled a routine second half free kick which led to Tranmere making it 3-1.

Asked afterwards about Karius’ mistake and the focus on his German goalkeeper after his two big errors in Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May, Klopp wasn’t a happy man.

“No one likes that goal but, if we talk about that, then the second goal is Milly’s [James Milner’s] fault,” Klopp said. “Two brilliant footballers make mistakes but we only talk about one. We can’t make a story after each mistake. Let’s carry on and make the best of the situation and learn from it.”

Klopp seemed particularly annoyed about the focus remaining on Karius.

The 25-year-old goalkeeper underwent concussion tests in Boston after the UCL final which determined a blow from Sergio Ramos in the second half in Kiev played a part in his errors. That’s something Klopp backed up, but now he wants everyone to stop focusing on Karius.

“You can stop it by not asking, promise? Until he has a few fantastic games you cannot change that. Our job is to support Loris,” Klopp said. “That’s our part of the deal. I saw this situation 500 times in my life: the ball hits his chest but what can you do?”

With Karius clearly struggling to overcome the huge disappointment of his mistakes in the UCL final, it seems as though Liverpool may make a move for a new goalkeeper in the summer window.

Their pursuit of Brazil and Roma goalkeeper Alisson seems to be over, at least for now, as they were priced out of a move.

Who else would be an upgrade on Karius or second-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet? Nick Pope and Jack Butland stand out, with the latter perhaps a better option as he will surely leave relegated Stoke City before the new campaign begins.

However it all plays out, it seems as though it will take quite a while for Karius to recover from his mistakes in the UCL final.

Klopp: Karius “100 percent” had concussion

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Jurgen Klopp believes Loris Karius suffered a concussion during the second half of Liverpool’s 3-1 UEFA Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid and that’s why he made two horrendous goalkeeping errors.

Karius was hit by Real’s Sergio Ramos off the ball, was treated on the pitch but carried on.

Minutes later he made two massive errors, throwing the ball straight against Karim Benzema and then letting a long range effort from Gareth Bale slip right through his grasp.

The German goalkeeper had a concussion test and evaluation in Massachusetts days after the final which determined he had suffered a concussion and now Klopp has had his say on it all.

“We don’t use it as an excuse, we use it as an explanation,” said Klopp. “For me, it is 100% the explanation [for his performance]. He was influenced by that knock – that is 100%. I got all the pictures from different perspectives, saw it and thought ‘how can we all think that the boy who didn’t show any weakness in that game until then made these big mistakes in a very important game and nobody thinks it’s because of the knock he got?’ How can we think that? That was, for me, the explanation and I thought: ‘OK, come on, we need to check that.’

“I thought it was too late, you cannot check that. But now I know a concussion isn’t coming and going in a day – if you have one, you see it days later. Five days after the final, Loris had 26 of 30 markers for a concussion still. That’s clear.”

Several reports have linked Liverpool with signing a new goalkeeper this summer but moves for Alisson and others have faltered, so it appears Karius will remain at Anfield.

Hospital: Karius suffered concussion in Champions League Final

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Was Loris Karius‘ infamous performance in the UEFA Champions League Final down to an unseen head injury?

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Karius allowed two rough goals in Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid, throwing one ball off Karim Benzema and allowing a Gareth Bale rip to slip through his gloves.

Massachussetts General Hospital has released, with permission of the Liverpool keeper, a statement detailing its diagnosis of a concussion suffered by Karius.

At the time of our evaluation, Mr. Karius’s principal residual symptoms and objective signs suggested that visual spatial dysfunction existed and likely occurred immediately following the event. Additional symptomatic and objectively noted areas of dysfunction also persisted. It could be possible that such deficits would affect performance.

Karius issued a formal apology after the game, one which could’ve only been more troublesome to pen given the concussion. Head injuries are scary stuff, and we hope the full recovery expected by Mass Gen comes quickly to the German keeper.

Sergio Ramos should probably avoid Merseyside for a while.