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Karius denies fleeing Liverpool after horror Champions League final

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has

insisted he did not join Besiktas on loan to escape Merseyside after his

nightmare in the Champions League final.

The 25-year-old German made two costly mistakes in the second-half of

Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev last May.

First, the pass he threw clipped Karim Benzema and went into the Reds' net

to give Real the opening goal, then he let a long-range Gareth Bale shot slip

through his hands for Madrid's third.

However, days after the defeat it emerged Karius had suffered concussion

when elbowed by Sergio Ramos during an off-the-ball incident before his

errors.

Despite the backing of head coach Jurgen Klopp, Karius left Liverpool in

August for a two-year loan deal at Besiktas after the Reds signed Brazil

goalkeeper Alisson Becker from Roma for œ65million, 72.5 million euros

($85m).

Karius insists he neither ran away nor has a problem with Klopp.

I have no problem with Jurgen Klopp, in fact we have a great relationship,

he never blamed me (for the mistakes in Kiev), Karius told German daily

Bild.

I could have stayed in Liverpool and played a few games, but I wanted to

be number one and play regularly.

Nobody told me to leave Liverpool and I didn't run away.

I am at an age where I need to play regularly. After Alisson Becker's

transfer I decided to move to Istanbul and join Besiktas.

The pressure got so big at some points from the media and the public that

Liverpool had to react, which was not good for my situation, but that happens

in football.

The German says despite thinking about the Kiev final every day for weeks

afterwards, he has made peace with what happened.

I know that I will probably be asked a hundred more questions about it,

but I can't undo it and I have finished with it, he said.

I prefer to do that, rather than thinking about how long the Champions

League final will be with me.

It was a great season that ended with a very unlucky ending.

At some point you have to check it off, you're a sportsman.

Karius refuses to blame the elbow he took in the face from Ramos for the

mistakes he made, but admits it was a factor on the night.

I'd been playing pretty consistently throughout the season, he said.

Under normal circumstances, I can not really explain the mistakes.

The German says he did not seek psychological help to get over his

disappointment I was stable enough to handle it myself � my family and

friends were a great help and has not received an apology from Ramos.

I do not think he has my number. He is a tough player but I have nothing

against him personally, Karius added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)