Monday 20 August 2018

Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson leap to the defence of Liverpool keeper Loris Karius

Karius parries a Bale effort into the net
Karius parries a Bale effort into the net
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he felt great sympathy for keeper Loris Karius, after his two big errors handed Real Madrid victory in the Champions League final.

A tearful Karius was inconsolable at the end of the game, as he apologised to the Liverpool fans in Kiev, with Klopp admitted he shared the pain of the keeper he has shown so much faith in over recent months.

"Loris Karius knows it, everybody knows it," stated Klopp. "That is a shame in a game like this, in a season like this. I feel for him, he is a fantastic boy. The second mistake is because of the first one."

Klopp went on to admit there was little consolation in his side's run to the final of the Champions League after a defeat that had clearly left him crushed.

"The plan is only to play to win, nothing else, not a lot to say," he added. "We started well and played exactly like we wanted to.

"The situation with Sergio Ramos (and Mohamed Salah) looked really bad and it was a shock for the team, we lost the positive momentum and they immediately came up.

"We dropped deep and we could not get to Luka Modric or Toni Kroos. We had to run and work, we did that and half-time came. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three.

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"The bad parts are difficult to get rid of in a game like this. Gareth Bale's bicycle kick was unbelievable. We did what we could and the boys tried everything but it was not the best script for us.

"Everything was great until tonight. You go to the final to win it, it was proper chance for us and we did not take it."

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insisted keeper Lloris Karius should not accept all the blame for his side’s Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid, despite two howling errors from the German keeper in Kiev.

"It is not just down to the mistakes Loris Karius made, we got to the final as a team and lose as a team. It is about everybody," declared Henderson.

"We were not good enough on the night, and I am so proud of the players and the fans who came out for us on the night. I hope we can carry on and get into more finals and use it going forward.

"It is disappointing, of course. We did well to get the goal and get back into the game but made mistakes and Real Madrid were really good. They are a fantastic side and will always hurt you, they deserved to win and were better on the night.

"We were not good enough on the night, and I am so proud of the players and the fans who came out for us on the night. I hope we can carry on and get into more finals and use it going forward.

"We have to be proud of getting here. It will hurt for a while but we have to keep going."

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