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Loris Karius: 'Hard to explain' how Liverpool didn't beat Sevilla

Loris Karius says he is unsure how Liverpool did not win their Group E Champions League opener with Sevilla on Wednesday night.

Liverpool were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw at Anfield by the La Liga side after wasting numerous chances to secure the win, having had 24 shots in total during the match.

A goal from Roberto Firmino cancelled out Wissam Ben Yedder's early opener before Mohamed Salah's deflected strike put Liverpool ahead. Firmino then hit the post from a penalty kick shortly before half-time, and Liverpool were made to pay for their lack of ruthlessness when Joaquin Correa equalised in the 72nd minute.

"After the game, it's hard to say how we didn't win it," Karius told Liverpool's official website. "We had a lot of chances; even after the shock in the first few minutes with the goal, we were in the game well. We had the penalty as well.

"It's just one of those days and I don't know why we didn't win it, it's hard to explain. We were by far the better team, so it's really disappointing.

"That's how football is. We were really good in the game but twice we weren't really ready at 100 percent in the situation and they were ice-cold in front of goal, so fair play to them. I don't think they wanted to create much more because they were happy with the result.

Loris Karius was picked ahead of Simon Mignolet for Liverpool's Champions League game against Sevilla.

"We knew before the game they are a really tough opponent, a clever team, but it's still really disappointing. We have to work on a few little things. Offensively we were really good and created a lot of chances, we could have scored more, but there are a few things we can work on.

"We were just unlucky, Bobby [Firmino] hit the post and that can happen -- you can't score every penalty, so it was just unlucky. Then there were two or three other chances where a foot came in [to block] or the goalkeeper saved it. We can take positive things from that."

Despite Simon Mignolet starting all 25 of Liverpool's previous European fixtures since his arrival in 2013, Karius was handed the No. 1 jersey for Sevilla game.

After a three-way battle for the starting spot in preseason, Karius is behind Mignolet in the goalkeeping pecking order, with Danny Ward as third choice.

"It's an interesting situation with three good goalkeepers, which can only be good for the club," Karius added.

"We try to do our best every single day in training and in the games. I'm happy I got to play [against Sevilla] and I'm hoping I get more games, of course. I try to prepare well in training and then be ready when I'm called upon.

"I had a little setback in preseason with an injury that took me out for a week or so, but I try to train well, stay focused and that's all you can do. It's up to the manager anyway, you don't decide yourself as a player. All you can do is concentrate on your work and that's what I've done."

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.

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