Friday 17 August 2018

'They'd have had a load of stick' - Paul Scholes unimpressed by Champions League final tears of Loris Karius

Liverpool keeper Loris Karius was destraught after the Champions League final. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Liverpool keeper Loris Karius was destraught after the Champions League final. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Paul Scholes has suggested Liverpool keeper Loris Karius would have 'had a whole load of stick' if his emotional outburst at the end of the Champions League final had taken place during his days as a player.

Karius committed two glaring errors to hand Real Madrid a 3-1 victory in Saturday's Champions League final in Kiev, with his tearful apology to the Liverpool fans at the end of the game one of the abiding memories of a painful night for the Reds.

Yet Manchester United legend Scholes, who won the Champions League on two occasions during his decorated career, claimed the reaction from Karius would have inspired a different reaction a few years ago.

"I can understand Karius because he's devastated at what's happened," said Scholes, speaking at an official UEFA Champions League Final viewing party at London's Sky Garden.

"If you go back years and you saw somebody crying on the pitch, they'd have had a whole load of stick for it.

"Now it's a different game, players are sensitive and they get upset easily."

He went on to suggest Liverpool will struggle to challenge for the top honours in the game unless they sign a world class goalkeeper.

"I think Liverpool know that they needed to strengthen the goalkeeping position anyway. I think they've known that for quite some time," he added.

"Will this speed up the process? You'd have to think so. I think they'll be desperate for a goalkeeper.

"I know he (Klopp) has shown faith in Karius but I don't think he's of the quality needed if you're going to win the Champions League, if you're going to win a Premier League.

"We always found in our teams we needed a top goalkeeper, there's no doubt about that, and I think Liverpool are the same."

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