Karius has been out on loan at Besiktas (Picture: Getty)

Loris Karius appears in line for a shock return to Liverpool after launching a complaint to FIFA against Turkish side Besiktas over unpaid wages.

Karius has been on loan at Besiktas since 2018, but the season in Turkey has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After an error-strewn career at Liverpool, the goalkeeper has struggled for consistency at Besiktas, but the Reds are willing to welcome Karius back and cover any lost wages.

The salary dispute has been raging on since before football was suspended amid claims Karius had not been paid for four months despite being Besiktas’ No.1 goalkeeper.

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Erdal Torunogullari, a board member at Besiktas, has now revealed Karius has complained to FIFA about unpaid wages, despite choosing to leave the club.

He said on social media: ‘Karius has gone to Fifa over his unpaid wages and termination of his contract.

‘He wants us to pay him for the months he hasn’t played. He wants to leave, and that’s his decision.

‘We don’t want to make an undeserved payment.’

Karius has made mistakes at Besiktas (Picture: Getty)

The Evening Standard claim Karius wants to return to Liverpool and that the Reds are willing to pay the German the wages he has lost.

It is unclear, however, if Liverpool will pursue their own action against Besiktas should Karius return early from his loan deal.

After a win over Konyaspor in March, Besiktas boss Senol Gunes slammed Karius for his performance.

‘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.

Karius appears set for an early return to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

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

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

Karius’ loan in Turkey expires at the end of the season, but FIFA has advised all contracts and loans due to expire this summer should be extended to reflect the extension of the current campaign.

While the dispute appears set to rage, Karius has not played for Liverpool since the 2018 Champions League final, a game in which he suffered concussion and made two costly errors.

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