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Loris Karius: I don’t want to make excuses, but…

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has claimed he will not use concussion as an excuse for his Champions League final blunders.

Karius started for Liverpool against Real Madrid in May, but made two high-profile mistakes in the 3-1 defeat in Kiev

Liverpool later claimed that the goalkeeper had suffered a concussion in the game after Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos appeared to catch him with an elbow.

Jurgen Klopp sent Karius to the USA to undergo medical tests during the summer break and it was confirmed the keeper had been knocked out in the incident.

Karius has since been sent out on loan to Besiktas, with Alisson arriving at Anfield for £56million to replace him.

But Karius bears no grudges with either Liverpool or Ramos.

Asked whether Ramos had apologised, he told Bild: “No. I don’t think that he has got my number.

“He’s a hard player but I have nothing against him personally. I don’t know whether he did that on purpose, but that doesn’t matter to me in the end. Only one person knows and this is Sergio Ramos.

“I went down and thought: ‘What’s going on now?’ No reaction from the five referees. I felt the adrenaline rushing through my body and thought only about playing on.

“A concussion was proven, and it harmed my spatial vision. The club asked me to go see a specialist. But again, I won’t use this as an excuse. I performed constantly throughout the whole season, so you can put it this way: under ordinary circumstances I cannot explain those mistakes.”

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