NEWS
Sunday May 27 2018
‘Karius finished at Liverpool’

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson claims Loris Karius is finished at Anfield after his Real Madrid nightmare but called out his teammates for not consoling him.

Karius gifted Real Madrid the Champions League on Saturday after his throw was deflected in by Karim Benzema, before the German goalkeeper fumbled Gareth Bale’s long-range drive into his own net.

“I feel sorry for Loris Karius, because he will be absolutely heartbroken after his nightmare display in the Champions League Final - but I don't see any way back for him at Liverpool now,” wrote the 1984 European Cup winner in his column for BBC Sport.

“Karius had an awful night and it was horrible to watch the Reds goalkeeper completely alone in his penalty area at the end of the game.

“The Real Madrid players were the first to console him, followed by a member of the Liverpool coaching staff.

“I know from experience that when you lose a big game as a player, you sometimes need a few minutes to collect your thoughts, and those are times you are really just thinking about yourself.

“But surely one of his team-mates could have gone over, put their arm round him and given him a big hug - even if they did not know what to say.

“I am sure they did that back in the dressing room, once they got over their disappointment, and his manager will have a quiet word and support him too.

“But, even if Klopp backs him publicly as well as privately, he must know that he is not good enough for Liverpool and what they want to achieve.

“You need a top goalkeeper to win trophies and he is not one of those. Can they afford to keep playing him, thinking he might become one? No.

“Karius always looks like he has a mistake in him, and that cost them dearly on Saturday night.”

Football Italia website