Karius reveals death threats after costly UCL final errors

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has revealed that he received death threats after making costly mistakes in the Reds’ 3:1 defeat to Real Madrid in the final of the 2018 UEFA Champions League.

The 26-year-old is currently on loan at Besiktas until the end of the season. It must be noted that he has not played a competitive match for Liverpool since the UCL final although he’s contracted to Liverpool until 2022.

The German said he received death threats after gifting crucial goals to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. It was later revealed that he had suffered a concussion after a clash with Sergio Ramos.

“I should have been more aggressive about this in public,” Karius told Sport Bild.

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“I was just delighted that I knew what was going on during that match [after the concussion]. I did not want to make it public. And when the results were published, I received a lot of malice and insults, below the belt.

“I never used it as an excuse. But I lack all understanding for people mocking someone who suffered a severe head injury.”

He pointed out that fans forgot the role he played for the club en route the final and subjected him to what he described as respectless and excessive reactions.

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“Yes. They [threats] existed. But I can’t take them seriously,” he added.

“Those are people who write anonymously and not even their face in the avatar. I believe that if those people see me in public, they will not say a word.”

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