Karius apologises for 'costly mistakes'

Karim Benzema scoring Real Madrid's first goal after Loris Karius threw the ball in front of him. Karius looking on as Gareth Bale's long-range shot slips past his flapping hands for Real Madrid's third goal.
Karim Benzema scoring Real Madrid's first goal after Loris Karius threw the ball in front of him.PHOTOS: REUTERS
Karim Benzema scoring Real Madrid's first goal after Loris Karius threw the ball in front of him. Karius looking on as Gareth Bale's long-range shot slips past his flapping hands for Real Madrid's third goal.
Karius looking on as Gareth Bale's long-range shot slips past his flapping hands for Real Madrid's third goal.PHOTOS: REUTERS

KIEV • Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius accepted the blame for his team's 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid on Saturday in the Champions League final in which he made two dreadful errors that both led to goals.

The German gift-wrapped the opener for Real in the 51st minute when, in a hurry to start an attack, he threw the ball out in front of Karim Benzema, who stuck his leg out and turned the ball into the net.

Karius, 24, was also at fault for the final goal when Gareth Bale tried a speculative long-range effort which flew in through the flapping arms of the Liverpool goalkeeper.

To his credit, he went over to the Liverpool end of the Olympic Stadium and held his hands up to apologise to the thousands of supporters,

"I don't feel anything right now. Today I lost my team the game and I feel sorry for everyone," he said.

"I'm sorry for everyone - from the team, from the whole club - that the mistakes cost dearly. If I could go back in time, I would. I feel sorry for my team. I know I let them down today.

"These goals cost us the title, basically. It's very hard right now but that's the life of a goalkeeper. You have to get your head up again."

He said his team-mates had tried to raise his spirits in the dressing room, adding: "But there was just silence everywhere because everyone was really disappointed."

While acknowledging the mistakes, Liverpool manager Klopp said he had great sympathy for the goalkeeper he signed from his former club Mainz.

"What can I say? Loris knows it, everybody knows it," he said. "It's a shame in a game like this and after a season like this. I really feel for him; he's a fantastic boy.

"Nobody wants that, (but) that's the situation. The mistakes were obvious, we don't have to talk about that, it's all clear.

"Now, he has to deal with it, we have to deal with, we will do that - of course we will be with him, there's no doubt about that. It was not his night, obviously."

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, a Champions League winner with the club in 2005, told BT Sport that Karius had lost his cool for the first goal.

"We spoke about experience before the game, know-how on the big stage and the Madrid players being more switched on. The first goal is a 'keeper in a rush," he said.

"It's a rush of blood to the head, all he had to do was stay calm and he's made a mistake and been punished."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2018, with the headline 'Karius apologises for 'costly mistakes''. Print Edition | Subscribe