‘You’ll never walk alone… unless you are Karius’: Liverpool players criticised for not consoling goalkeeper Loris Karius after two errors in Champions League horror show
- Loris Karius was culpable off two big mistakes in the Champions League final
- He gifted Karim Benzema an opener before an error late on made it 3-1 to Madrid
- His Liverpool team-mates have been criticised for not consoling him post match
- The German went over to apologise to supporters as he was in floods of tears
Liverpool players’ failure to console a weeping Loris Karius after the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid has been met with heavy criticism from some supporters.
The 24-year-old German goalkeeper made two game-changing errors which led to two of Madrid’s three goals in Kiev.
Unsurprisingly devastated, Karius was not consoled by any of his team-mates in red after the game as he cut a lonely figure.
Loris Karius cut a lonely figure after two huge errors in the Champions League final in Kiev
Team-mates left him to cry alone inside his penalty area which was met with criticism
Devastated and in need of an arm round the shoulder, Karius went over to front up to the fans
The German goalkeeper was blamed for the opening goal and Bale’s second which sealed it
The first setback came six minutes after the interval at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium when an eager Karius attempted to roll the ball out to centre-back Dejan Lovren and watched on in horror as it instead deflected in off the outstretched foot of Karim Benzema.
His second – a goal that put the game beyond any doubt – saw a long range effort from substitute Gareth Bale squirm through his hands.
But while some supporters tore into the disastrous display, others were quick to note the disappointing behaviour of his team-mates and used the club’s famous ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ anthem as a reference point.
Former Arsenal, Everton and West Brom striker Kevin Campbell was one critic of the Liverpool players, tweeting: ‘Karius should have got supported by his team mates! Bang out of order leaving him alone and only got consoled by the Madrid players.’
England and Surrey cricketer Tymal Mills also picked up on the lack of support for the goalkeeper.
He said: ‘You’ll never walk alone?? Saw Karius only being consoled by Madrid players after the game….’
It was Bale, whose shot led to the second error by Karius, that was one of the first to go and console the goalkeeper after the final whistle.
Matchwinner Gareth Bale was one of the first to go over to Karius after the final whistle went
The goalkeeper fronted up to apologise to supporters as he said he ‘lost my team the game’
Nacho and Marco Asensio were quick to follow as Madrid’s players were praised for a classy move in the wake of winning their third successive Champions League.
Speaking after the game, Karius was nothing short of devastated after an horrific evening in Kiev.
‘I don’t feel anything right now,’ he told Talksport. ‘Today I lost my team the game. I feel sorry for everyone. I’m sorry for everyone, for the team, for the whole club. The mistakes cost us dearly.
‘If I could go back in time I would. I just feel sorry for my team. I know I let them down today.’