Liverpool keeper Lorius Karius’ mistake
Lorius Karius’ nightmare display in the Champions League against Real Madrid cost Liverpool the game. The Reds lost 3-1 in the final in Kiev, and none of his teammates showed him any support once the match ended.
Karius spoke to Talksport after the game: “I don’t feel anything right now. Today I lost my team the game and I feel sorry for everyone. I’m sorry for everyone – from the team, from the whole club – that the mistakes cost dearly.
“If I could go back in time, I would. I feel sorry for my team,” he continued. “I know I let them down today. It’s very hard right now but that’s the life of a goalkeeper. You have to get your head up again. These goals cost us the title, basically.”
Karius’ error set the tone for the night. His throw to Karim Benzema was a massive howler, as well as a fluke. His second mistake was when he fumbled Gareth Bale’s shot over the line. He was clearly distracted by his first mistake, which ended up costing Liverpool the game. It is not the first time that Karius has caused the team to suffer because he remained distracted.
Looking back, he got away with something similar in the first leg of Liverpool’s semi-final against Roma. Aleksander Kolarov’s shot had slipped through his grasp, but fortunately (for him) the ball hit the bar. On Saturday Karius was not as lucky.
It was an awful night for Liverpool, and Karius remained completely alone in his penalty area when the game ended. The Real Madrid players were the first to console him, followed by a member of the Liverpool coaching staff.
The rest of the Liverpool team did not show any sign of comforting him out on the pitch, because they quite possibly lost faith in him. Nonetheless, it was a moment that the team should have come together rather than isolate one of their men. Liverpool need to address the situation. At Anfield, the Liverpool supporters will just be waiting for him to make another mistake.
Liverpool must decide if they need a new keeper, or accept that it was a mistake.
“I have only very, very few words after the game but it’s nothing to talk about,” Klopp said about Karius, “I really feel for him, nobody wants that, [but] that’s the situation. The mistakes were obvious, we don’t have to talk about that, it’s all clear; he knows it, I know it, you all know it. Now, he has to deal with it, we have to deal with it, we will do that – of course we will be with him, there’s no doubt about that. It was not his night, obviously.”