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 gets set to leave more than four years on from his humiliating last appearance in the 2018 Champions League final

Loris Karius has said that he has had his ‘ups and downs’ at Liverpool as he gets set to leave the Reds at the end of the month.

The 29-year-old is looking for a new club, with Jurgen Klopp’s side deciding not to renew his contract.

His time at Anfield is unfortunately remembered for the two costly mistakes he made in their 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid – which four years on, 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

Speaking to 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 exemplifies was unique. I have that I’ve never experienced it before and that’s why we’ve celebrated a lot of successes there. I’ll take this determination with me to my next job. 

He added: ‘I’m free and I can make my own decisions. This is a new situation that I’m looking forward to. A new challenge is coming up, 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 at fault for two goals during their 3-1 Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid back in May 2018

Karius has not played a competitive game for the Reds since he was at fault for two goals during their 3-1 Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid back in May 2018

Karius joined Liverpool in 2016 where he was immediately thrown into the first-team, only to be dropped for Simon Mignolet half-way into the season after making a number of costly mistakes.

He would go on to win his place back the following season, making 33 in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign.

The German though was directly at fault for two of the goals that went in during their Champions League final defeat in Kyiv.

He has since spent two seasons on loan at Besiktas and one year at German side Union Berlin

He has since spent two seasons on loan at Besiktas and one year at German side Union Berlin

Karius stayed at the Reds for the past year but had dropped down their pecking order in goal

Karius stayed at the Reds for the past year but had dropped down their pecking order in goal

He first threw the ball directly at Karim Benzema who opened the scoring, before he fumbled a long range Gareth Bale strike into the back of the net later in the game. 

Karius spent the next three years away on loan, two with seasons at Turkish side Besiktas, and a further year at Union Berlin.

He spent the last year at Liverpool but did not make an appearance all season, with Alisson, his replacement after the 2018 Champions League final, Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian all ahead of him in the pecking order. 

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