Imparting opinions is part and parcel of professional football but it shouldn’t reach a point where players are forced to stand up against social media abuse.
Loris Karius has responded to strong criticism online after making another mistake as Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat against Borussia Dortmund.
The German goalkeeper mishandled a late Christian Pulisic shot to hand Jacob Bruun Larsen a close-range finish and Dortmund a win against the run of plan.
Karius had also started the game in unconvincing fashion when his mis-hit clearance landed at the feet of Maximilian Philipp, who couldn’t find the empty net with his effort.
Liverpool’s shot-stopper took to Instagram after the game to respond to critics.
Karius has endured a tough pre-season to follow his torrid Champions League final, also being at fault for a poor goal conceded against Tranmere.
He has also seen his role in 2018/2019 demoted to backup following the arrival of Alisson from Roma for a world-record £65million.
The 25-year-old bares a fragile demeanour between the sticks at the moment and is perhaps due a spell out of the spotlight and behind-the-scenes simply to regain some confidence and peace of mind.
Liverpool’s new no.1 won’t be available to make his debut until August 4 when the Reds travel to Dublin to face Napoli in their penultimate pre-season outing.
Until then, it may be an ideal chance for Jurgen Klopp to experiment with youth keepers Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher having included both in his squad to tour America.
Criticism is something all footballers are nurtured to deal with and process, but there is no room for the hurtful remarks being directed at a man clearly still feeling the effects of the hardest moment in his career so far.