Loris Karius has thanked Liverpool fans for their support after he had a night to forget in Saturday’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
The Reds number 1 commited an absolute howler for the Real Madrid opener when he tried to roll the ball out to his defence, but totally misjudged the position of Karim Benzema, who stuck out a leg and deflected the ball into the back of the net.
While there was nothing he could do for Real Madrid’s second strike, a phenomenal overhead kick by Gareth Bale, Karius was again at fault for the final goal of the game, when he inexplicably allowed Bale’s 40 yard strike to get past him, despite the shot looking easier to save.
While Mo Salah’s injury had a big effect on the outcome of the game – which Liverpool had initially started brightly – there is no doubting that the German ‘keeper was to blame for the Reds third European final defeat in the last 11 years.
Speaking on social media however, Karius has thanked Liverpool fans for their support after what was probably the worst moment of his professional career:
“[I] Haven’t really slept until now… the scenes are still running through my head again and again… I’m infinitely sorry to my team-mates, for you fans, and for all the staff.
“I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down.
“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.
“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.”