Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he didn’t try to console goalkeeper Loris Karius after his shocking performance in the Champions League final.
We all remember what happened in Kiev during the European Cup final back in May – Liverpool supporters, in particular, will likely still have the memory etched into their brains three months on. Having reached their first Champions League Final since 2007, beating the likes of Manchester City and AS Roma along the way, many experts believed that the Red’s could dethrone Real Madrid to win their 6th title.
However, on the night everything went wrong for Klopp’s men, losing their star player Mohamed Salah to injury before falling behind due to an inexplicable error from number one goalkeeper Karius. The German picked up an overhit pass from Toni Kross with Karim Benzema in close quarters and quickly attempted to roll the ball out to Trent Alexander-Arnold, only to see the Frenchman divert the ball back past him into the net.
Liverpool hit back to equalise through Sadio Mane but Gareth Bale restored Madrid’s lead with a stunning overhead kick soon after. Karius’ miserable evening was then capped off in the 83rd minute when he allowed a speculative long-range effort from the Welshman to slip through his hands, which rounded off a 3-1 victory for Los Blancos.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp didn’t know how to approach the 25-year-old after the game, telling reporters in an interview on Tuesday: “I am a strong supporter of the idea of just shutting up if you don’t have the right words.
“And other than a few comforting words I did not have the right words. I did not have a clue what you could say.
“Neither was I angry at him nor was I disappointed in him or something else. I only saw his situation, and everyone would love to have the right words.”
Karius is now on the brink of completing a two-year loan move to Beskitas in Turkey – after being replaced in the Liverpool team by Alisson in the summer transfer window – which will likely mark the beginning of the end for his career at Anfield, as BBC Sport reports.
Reds supporters may still harbour hopes of him returning to the first team fold in the future though, which would be a great redemption story and a mark of Karius’ character if he can indeed repair his damaged reputation to return to the biggest stage.