A former Liverpool player, who left the club on loan following his poor performance in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final, has opened up about the death threats he received before leaving the Reds.
Goalkeeper Loris Karius, 26, is set to return to the Premier League leaders at the end of the current season after a two-year loan spell at Besiktas in Turkey.
The German shot-stopper made two errors that led to goals in Liverpool's 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the 2017/18 UCL final, becoming a target for angry supporters who took to social media to show their fury.
Opening up recently about the abuse he received from fans online, Karius said that while supporters have the right to express their feelings, many of them took it too far.
"There were some of them. But I can't take that seriously," he told Sport Bild.
"These are people who write anonymously and don't even show their faces in their profiles. I don't think when people walk past me personally, they can't open their mouths.
"Players receive some extremely hostile messages on the internet. If you read every message, you wouldn't be able to sleep for two days.
"It's insane what people come out with 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. They pay admission and have the right to be dissatisfied. A professional has to endure that. But if there are personal insults or death threats, the limit is far exceeded."
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