Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has issued a brutally honest and heartfelt statement following his role in the club’s Champions League final defeat at the hands of Real Madrid.
The Spanish side etched their name into the history books with their third successive European title, goals from Karim Benzema and a brace from substitute Gareth Bale securing a 3-1 win in Kiev.
However the final will be remembered for two errors from the man between the sticks for the Reds, with the German stopper guilty of playing a key role in two of Real’s three goals, firstly throwing the ball onto Benzema’s foot to deflect it into the goal, before palming Bale’s long range strike into his own net.
Now the Liverpool man has given his verdict on the performance, and revealed he has been suffering as a result.
He wrote on his personal Twitter account: “Haven’t really slept until now… the scenes are still running through my head again and again… I’m infinitely sorry to my teammates, for you fans, and for all the staff. I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down…”
Haven’t really slept until now… the scenes are still running through my head again and again… I'm infinitely sorry to my teammates, for you fans, and for all the staff. I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down… pic.twitter.com/w9GixPiQDC
— Loris Karius (@LorisKarius) May 27, 2018
Football Insider verdict
No one can imagine just how bad Karius will be feeling a day after his massive gaffes saw him quite literally throw away the Champions League. It is not like he has the chance to pick himself up, shake it off and put in a better performance next week, for that is the season over. His disappointment will last until he has the chance to prove himself in his next outing – if there ever is another match for him. Goalkeepers are one of the biggest weakness at Liverpool and the Champions League final simply highlighted that in the worst possible manner. Jurgen Klopp now has to demonstrate his man management in helping Karius through this tough time as well as deciding whether to continue with his current shot stoppers or have a clear out and rebuild right at the back. Either way, both of the pair have a big couple of months ahead over the goalkeeper’s future at Anfield.
In other Liverpool news, Jeremy Clarkson has taken a swipe at the Reds after the Champions League defeat.