A tearful Loris Karius ended the Champions League final apologising to Liverpool fans after his two errors cost his side dear in Kiev.
Having seen off Simon Mignolet for the right to wear the Liverpool No 1 shirt earlier in the season, Karius was named in goal for the club’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The first of Karius’ two howlers came in the 31st minute as Karim Benzema scored one of the most bizarre goals in Champions League history.
With the game goalless, and Liverpool still reeling from injury to Mohamed Salah, Jurgen Klopp’s side went behind in comical fashion.
In an extraordinary series of events, the German attempted to under-arm the ball to Dejan Lovren with Karim Benzema in close proximity.
Karius was under no pressure whatsoever after collecting Toni Kroos’ lofted through-ball just inside his own area.
The decision proved calamitous as Benzema blocked the throw with an out-stretched foot, diverting the ball into the empty net.
“It’s borderline stupidity,” said Rio Ferdinand, who was covering the match as a pundit on BT Sport.
“What an extraordinary error from Karius. Intelligent from Benzema but what the f***?” said BT anchor Gary Lineker.
The German’s evening went from bad to worse as Gareth Bale’s long-range strike slipped through his fingers to give Real Madrid a two-goal buffer with than five minutes to go.
BT Sport pundit Frank Lampard said the two errors would live with goalkeeper for the rest of his life.
“On a human level you feel sorry for him,” said Lampard. “But mistakes at this level shouldn’t be happening.”
“I can’t believe what we’ve seen but its a horrible, horrible evening for him.”
Rio Ferdinand echoed his fellow pundit’s sentiments and warned the two errors would ‘stay with him for the rest of his life.’
Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings
“You do feel sorry for him,” said Ferdinand. “I’m concerned for his future he needs people around him to comfort him.”
The effort took the Frenchman level on goals with Ruud van Nistelrooy in the list of the all-time top scorers in the Champions League.
Source: Callum Davis|| The Telegraph