Loris Karius blames floodlights for poor Besiktas form as Liverpool return looms

On-loan Besiktas goalkeeper Loris Karius has reportedly claimed that the floodlights in Turkey are affecting his vision on the pitch.

The German stopper has conceded 45 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions this season, which has seen Besiktas slip to fifth in the Super Lig and fail to qualify from the group phase in the Europa League.

However, Karius, who is still contracted to Liverpool, has given a surprising reason for his lack of clean sheets.

According to Turkish outlet Fotospor, Karius has repeatedly blamed the floodlights in Turkey for affecting his vision.

Karius blamed other factors for his memorably clamorous performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League final in 2018.

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The 26-year-old is understood to have contracted concussion during the match after his head clashed with Sergio Ramos’ elbow, which led to him making two costly errors, and ultimately costing the Reds the European crown 12 months before they managed to get their hands on it.

Despite being reduced to tears at full-time, Karius insists he does not still think about that night in Kiev, and that he still has good relations with those still at Liverpool.

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“I don't think about Kiev anymore, it's so long ago, nearly two seasons now,” he said back in October.

“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.

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“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.”

Karius is due to rejoin Liverpool at the end of this season after completing a two-year spell in Turkey.

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