Besiktas Board Delighted For Picking Liverpool Loanee Loris Karius Over Keeper Who Joined Istanbul Rivals

Besiktas faced a tough decision over the summer transfer period after selling Fabri to Fulham.

The Black Eagles left it until the end of the transfer window to make a decision over Liverpool keeper Loris Karius and Harun Tekin who was at Bursaspor.

The Istanbul giants opted to sign Karius on a two-year loan move over Tekin who ended up joining rivals Fenerbahce on a permanent move.

The Aksam newspaper ran a story today reporting that the Besiktas board have been left delighted with their decision to opt for Karius over Tekin.

The article quotes an unnamed Besiktas source saying: “It is not our job to comment on Fenerbahce’s keeper but we are very pleased with Karius. He has been in great form and has gone out of his way to win over the fans. We are pleased that he picked him over Karius, in hindsight it was the right decision.”

Tekin has managed to keep two clean sheets but he has shipped in 14 goals in eight games in all competitions.

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Karius meanwhile has only managed a single clean sheet but has only conceded four goals in five games in all competitions.

Besiktas are currently top of the Europa League Group D and second in the league.

Fenerbahce meanwhile are 15th in the Super Lig and last in their Europa League group.

Karius has kept the ball in possession 85 percent of the time compared to 67 percent for Takin.

The Fenerbahce keeper has saved 63 percent of shots from inside the penalty area. In contrast, Karius has saved 67 percent from the same positions.

The German keeper has yet to concede from outside of the box while Tekin has saved 70 percent of long-range efforts.