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Loris Karius 'Still Can't Explain Mistakes' That Primed Liverpool Departure

Loris Karius 'Still Can't Explain Mistakes' That Primed Liverpool Departure

After initially appearing to have Jurgen Klopp's trust, Loris Karius quickly discovered that he would no longer be in reasonable contention for the goalkeeper's spot at Liverpool this season.

A disastrous Champions League final performance against Real Madrid at the end of last season all but confirmed the club's decision that a replacement - however costly - was required.

Coming in the form of Roma's Alisson, Karius soon departed the club on loan for a spell with the Turkish club Besiktas. Currently sitting 5th in the Turkish Süper Lig, Karius has found himself starting in goal for his new side in recent weeks.

Although it is unlikely that his career will ever be considered without significant attention being paid to his ill-fated Champions League final performance, the 25-year-old German 'keeper has been speaking to Bild about that very night.

“I still can’t explain the mistakes I made against Real Madrid. I have to get my confidence back and come to terms with the past."

Citing Oliver Kahn as an example of another 'keeper who made a high-profile mistake (2002 World Cup final) but returned all the better for it, Karius is confident that he can develop into the kind of goalkeeper Klopp initially appeared to imagine him capable of becoming.

Another lasting image from that unfortunate night for Liverpool was the collision between Karius and the Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

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Deemed to have suffered a concussion from an apparent elbow to his head from the Spanish defender, Karius isn't so keen to dwell on this aspect of the game, or whether it was an intentional hit.

“I don’t know if he meant it or not. Only one person knows that: Sergio Ramos. I fell to the ground and thought to myself ‘what’s going on?’ I had adrenaline rushing through my blood and just wanted to play.

“But I don’t want to hide behind any excuses.”

Attempting to resurrect his career in Istanbul, Karius remains certain that he did not leave Liverpool under any pressure from Klopp himself.

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