Heartbroken Karius issues apology to Liverpool
Liverpool’s disappointing result in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final can be chalked up to many factors, but all anyone will ever remember is Loris Karius’ performance... and the goalkeeper knows it.
Karius issued this series of tweets on Sunday, declaring his disappointment from the team’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid, as well as an apology to the supporters and his entire club.
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... pic.twitter.com/w9GixPiQDC— Loris Karius (@LorisKarius) May 27, 2018
...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...— Loris Karius (@LorisKarius) May 27, 2018
...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.— Loris Karius (@LorisKarius) May 27, 2018
Of the two errors Karius made, the Real Madrid equalizer from Karim Benzema was certainly the more glaring.
After receiving the ball on a routine grab, Karius rushed his distribution from goal while Benzema read the play perfectly and stepped in front of the throw to get a foot on the ball.
The ball then deflected into the back of the Liverpool net, and changed the complexion of the match drastically.
While Karius’ mistakes cannot, and won’t, go unnoticed, the Reds were still reeling from Mohamed Salah’s gruesome shoulder injury in the first half -- which leaves the Egypt international’s availability uncertain for the summer’s World Cup in Russia.