Loris Karius has held his hands up in admission of his mistakes costing Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The Reds’ keeper was inconsolable at full-time after conceding two avoidable goals to gift Zinedine Zidane’s men a third consecutive European crown.
Karius handed Madrid a bizarre opener when his threw the ball directly at Karim Benzema, the rebound from which rolled directly into an open net.
Following a stunning over-head kick from Gareth Bale for Madrid’s second, Karius was at fault again when he let a long-range effort from the Welshman slip past his hands to finish the final off.
Speaking after the game, Karius said: “Today I lost my team the game and I feel sorry for everyone – from the team, from the whole club – that the mistakes cost dearly,” per Sky Sports.
“If I could go back in time I would. I feel sorry for my team. I know I let them down today. These goals cost us the title basically.”
“It’s very hard right now but that’s the life of a goalkeeper. You have to get your head up again.”
Win as a team, lose as a team is what led Liverpool to the final and is what will stay with Liverpool beyond the final.
To look beyond Karius’ mistakes is a tough ask so soon, but he needs all the support he gets in a damning moment in his career.
The most disappointing aspect is the fact is wasn’t Madrid’s dominance or quality that overcame Liverpool, which is perhaps also the main positive to take away.