Loris Karius says he had his ‘ups and downs’ at Liverpool and ‘is ready for a new challenge’
Loris Karius says he had his ‘ups and downs’ at Liverpool and is ‘ready for a new challenge’ as he finally leaves more than four years after his humiliating last appearance in the 2018 Champions League final.
- Loris Karius leaves Liverpool after six years at the end of the season
- He last played for them in the 2018 Champions League final
- The German is ready for a new challenge after a hard time at Anfield
Loris Karius has said he has had his ups and downs at Liverpool as he is set to leave the Reds at the end of the month.
The 29-year-old is looking for a new club, with Jürgen Klopp’s side having decided not to renew his contract.
His time at Anfield is sadly remembered for the two costly mistakes he made in their 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid – which four years later remains the last competitive game he played for the Reds.
Loris Karius is ready for a new challenge as his contract with Liverpool expires this summer
Speak with Sky Germany he said, ‘There were ups and downs. It’s part of the game, that’s football, but I’ve developed as a person.
‘The level at which we worked every day and the professionalism that everyone radiates was unique. I have that I have never experienced it before and that is why we celebrated many successes there. I will take this determination to my next job.
He added: ‘I am free and can make my own decisions. This is a new situation that I am looking forward to. A new challenge is coming, but that’s always a good thing. I’m ready, mentally and physically.’
Karius has not played a competitive game for the Reds since he was credited with two goals in their 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May 2018
Karius came to Liverpool in 2016 where he was immediately thrown into the first team but was dropped for Simon Mignolet midway through the season after making some costly mistakes.
He would regain his place the following season, making 33 in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign.
However, the German was directly guilty of two of the goals scored during the defeat of the Champions League final in Kiev.
Since then, he has been loaned to Besiktas for two seasons and to the German Union Berlin for one year
Karius stayed with the Reds for the past year, but fell in their pecking order in goal
He first threw the ball straight to Karim Benzema, who opened the score, before fidgeting a long-range attack from Gareth Bale into the back of the net later in the game.
Karius spent the next three years on loan, two seasons with Turkey’s Besiktas and another year with Union Berlin.
He spent the last year at Liverpool but failed to show up all season, with Alisson, his replacement after the 2018 Champions League final, Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian all ahead of him in the pecking order.