Loris Karius says he is ‘infinitely sorry’ to his teammates and fans after his mistakes in Saturday’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
The German endured an evening to forget in Kiev as his errors gifted Real Madrid an opening goal and a defining third either side of Gareth Bale’s sublime over-head kick.
A grief-stricken Karius was left inconsolable at full-time and took immediate blame for his side’s loss during a tough post-match interview.
He has since taken to social media to express his anguish and sorrow after undoubtedly one of the longest night’s of his life.
Haven’t really slept until now… the scenes are still running through my head again and again… I’m infinitely sorry to my teammates, for you fans, and for all the staff. I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down. As I said I’d just like to turn back the time but that’s not possible. It’s even worse as we all felt that we could have beaten Real Madrid and we were in the game for a long time. Thank you to our unbelievable fans who came to Kiev and held my back, even after the game. I don’t take that for granted and once again it showed me what a big family we are. Thank you and we will come back stronger.
Liverpool’s first choice shot-stopper has since been on the receiving end of vile hate messages on social media for his part in last night’s heartbreak.
It marked a torrid collapse following his brightest spell of form for the club and during a game that Liverpool stood an excellent chance of coming out on top in.
To finish the campaign in such fashion is a crushing blow, but it shouldn’t deter optimism from what has been a season of life-long memories and some of Europe’s most exhilarating attacking football under Jurgen Klopp.