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2019 07 23 Retrieve
[Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius claims to have turned down five offers to cut short his two-year loan spell at Besiktas] This season, through my agent, two clubs in the UK, three clubs from Germany, made offers. I turned them [all] down. Besiktas is very special for me.
2019 10 04 Retrieve
[Loris Karius still believes he could return to Liverpool someday as the goalkeeper says he is no longer concerned by the infamous Champions League final that came to define his Anfield career] Will I play for Liverpool again? Of course it’s an option and a good option to still be there. Maybe I’ll play for them again, you never know. It’s still far ahead. If it’s not Liverpool, it will be another decent team, so I’m not worried about any scenario.
The Premier League is the best league so it is interesting of course. If you play in England you’re always a bit more in the spotlight, but I’m at a good club now so we will see what happens at the end of the season. I don’t think about Kiev anymore, it’s so long ago, nearly two seasons now… There were so many circumstances. I had a bad injury and nobody was talking about it. People can say what they want, it doesn’t really concern me anymore. After I was assessed, we realised [about the concussion] but while the game is going on, you have too much adrenaline to realise. I am happy Liverpool won the Champions League the following year, and they have a good chance again this year, so let’s see where it takes them. I still speak to the goalkeeping coach and some of the players
[In his stead, Adrian has stepped up, and Karius says he has liked what he’s seen from Liverpool so far] Every goalkeeper would feel comfortable behind that defence but Adrian is doing a good job’. He seems like a nice guy; I am happy he is getting game time. The defence has improved brilliantly over the last season and a bit and they rarely concede goals anymore. It was solid even back then but now it’s on another level because the whole has team improved. The longer people are together the better it works. They have been playing together quite a bit and with the potential they have it looks really promising. I hope they can win the league. The season is so long but it’s always good to have a good start and get some points ahead so it looks good. I can’t see them losing a game
2020 04 15 Retrieve
[Liverpool flop Karius says he should have dealt with ‘below the belt’ criticism ‘more aggressively’ after Champions League final] Believe me, I’ve learned a lot from that! In retrospect, I should have dealt with it more aggressively in public. I had a concussion after a blow from Sergio Ramos, which restricted my spatial vision. This was unequivocally ascertained in a detailed study by one of the world’s leading brain specialists. At first, I was happy to know what went on in this game. I didn’t want to make it public myself. When the result was released, there was a lot of malice and insult, often well below the belt. I never used it as an excuse. But when people make fun of someone who has badly injured their head, I have no understanding
When I was just 24, I was in the Champions League final. Only Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen were among the active German goalkeepers who had played in the final. All my efforts and good performances before were suddenly no longer relevant. The reactions were over the top and disrespectful, especially that it has been drawn out in this way. Errors are measured with different, even abnormal, dimensions and are not assessed fairly. We players face extreme hostility on the internet. If you read every message, you wouldn’t be able to sleep for two days. It’s insane what people say under the guise of anonymity, badly insulting others, discriminating against them and then becoming racist. You can’t blame fans if they whistle a player. You pay an admission [fee] and have the right to be dissatisfied. A professional has to endure that. If there are personal insults or death threats, the line is then crossed. There were some of them [death threats]. But I can’t take that seriously. These are people who write anonymously and don’t even show their faces in their profiles.
2020 04 16 Retrieve
[Karius unsure about Liverpool future as he reveals contact with Klopp] I primarily write with goalkeeper coach John Achterberg. Almost weekly, he is my first point of contact. But now and then I also write with Jurgen Klopp, I am in good contact with everyone. I was never out of it.
[Karius refused to be drawn on his future, saying there was even greater uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic] I am not involved in speculation. The fact is that I have a contract in Liverpool until 2022. And at the moment I’m just concentrating on the season at Besiktas. It is far too early to say anything about summer, especially now that nobody knows exactly what to do because of corona
Believe me, I’ve learned a lot from that! In retrospect, I should have dealt with it more aggressively in public. I had a concussion after a blow from Sergio Ramos, which restricted my spatial vision. This was unequivocally ascertained in a detailed study by one of the world’s leading brain specialists. At first, I was happy to know what went on in this game. I didn’t want to make it public myself. When the result was released, there was a lot of malice and insult, often well below the belt. I never used it as an excuse. But when people make fun of someone who has badly injured their head, I have no understanding
2020 05 04 Retrieve
[Karius terminates loan deal with Besiktas following pay dispute] Hi everyone, today I terminated my contract with Besiktas. It’s a shame it comes to an end like this but you should know that I have tried everything to solve this situation without any problems. I was very patient for months telling the board over and over again. The same things happened already last year. Unfortunately they haven’t tried to solve this situational problem and even refused my suggestion to help by taking a pay cut. It’s important to me that you know I really enjoyed playing for this club a lot. Besiktas can be proud of having such passionate fans behind them always giving amazing support. You always supported me in good and bad times and I will always remember you in the best way! Also I want to say thank you to all my team-mates, coaching staff including all people working for the club. You welcomed me with arms wide open from day one
2020 06 11 Retrieve
[Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius claims he had ‘half the Premier League’ following him prior to his move to Manchester City, while insisting that he would only leave Anfield if first-team football was on offer] I was playing in the U16 national team at the time, and there were a lot of scouts at the games. At 16 you could sign your first professional contract. I had offers from all sorts of clubs back then, but Manchester City went out of their way to help me. They showed me a concrete plan, for example how I could make it to the senior game. That fascinated me. I could just as well imagine staying in Stuttgart - but the concept and their plan for me did not convince me as much as that of Man City. So I said to myself: I’m going to take the challenge and I’m going to England.
Who else was interested? It felt like half of the Premier League. In Germany, I actually only dealt with Stuttgart because VfB was and is known to do great youth work. I enjoyed great training there. At that time I only listened to the plans of Man City and VfB. At that time, the arrival of investors [in clubs] was only just getting started. Man City was actually a club that relied heavily on its own youngsters. Many made the breakthrough, the academy was in a good position - that’s why I decided in the end on this club
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius insists he will get chances at Anfield] I will have to be playing if I actually change clubs. It makes no sense to say I’m leaving Liverpool for a worse club and I’m only the number two there. I’m not in a pressured situation at all, I don’t have to change - as the second goalkeeper in England you know that you get chances. I am currently at the best club in the world, who are competing for titles, and I have the highest level around me every day in training. I am fully aware that I am in a good position to be at Liverpool. I have great conditions there.
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Karius ready to fight for Liverpool spot] I can move forward in training at Liverpool. As the second-choice goalkeeper in England you know that you get your chances. I am currently at the best club in the world, play for titles, have the highest level around me every day in training. I am fully aware that I am in a good position to be in Liverpool. I have great conditions there