After months of excitement, Liverpool’s Champions League run came to a dismal end as Real Madrid beat us 3-1 to lift the trophy for the third consecutive time.
We were off to a bad start as Mohamed Salah picked up a shoulder injury and from thereon, our attack seemed to lose power. However, the biggest disappointment of the night was undoubtedly Loris Karius’ display between the sticks.
Despite showing promise in Simon Mignolet’s absence, Karius effectively ruined his reputation last night. His poor distribution skills were there for the world to see as a lack of judgement helped Karim Benzema open the scoring. Even for the next 2 goals by Gareth Bale, Karius failed to do much.
He did make a few saves along the way but unfortunately for the player, the world will only remember the glaring mistakes. Admittedly, a lot of us were frustrated with him but once the match ended, Karius tearfully asked the Liverpool fans for forgiveness and at that moment, it was clear that he had endured a bad day at work.
Full credit goes to our fanbase as a lot of supporters sent out positive messages to Karius on Twitter. Here are some of the best:
I was fuming last night at his mistakes but when I see the abuse he & his family are getting then we all need to put a collective arm around Karius. Not sure if he will be our No1 next season but if he is then I'll support him 100%. Onwards and upwards #LFC pic.twitter.com/tyfYA1Lei4
— Redmanwilo2⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@DaveW_LFC1892) May 27, 2018
Karius has been very good since he got the first team spot after Xmas & made many match winning saves, the one against Newcastle was springs to mind.
Don’t let this break you @LorisKarius come back stronger
— Kop-Ice (@kopice86) May 27, 2018
— Steve Scott (@stevescott_itv) May 27, 2018
1. Salah deserved better
2. The foul by Ramos on Salah was not dirty. It was just really unfortunate that it caused that type of injury
3. Bale’s goal was so much more difficult than many will ever realize
4. Please remember that Karius is a human being first. Have compassion
— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) May 26, 2018
Some of the vile and disgusting abuse vented at Karius is nothing short of disgraceful… some people should be ashamed of themselves
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) May 27, 2018
If we believe in what You Never Walk alone stands for, then supporting, not abusing, Loris Karius is what we need to do. pic.twitter.com/Rr9l9rFYEn
— Rousing The Kop (@RousingTheKop) May 27, 2018
Some of these comments towards karius are awful, we all make mistakes and unfortunetly it happened at the worse time, move on!!
— Remi Matthews (@Remi_matthews) May 27, 2018