Liverpool players’ fail to console a weeping Loris Karius after the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid has been met with heavy criticism from some supporters.
The 24-year-old German goalkeeper made two game-changing errors which led to two of Madrid’s three goals in Kiev.
Unsurprisingly devastated, Karius was not consoled by any of his team-mates in red after the game as he cut a lonely figure.
The first setback came six minutes after the interval at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium when an eager Karius attempted to roll the ball out to centre-back Dejan Lovren and watched on in horror as it instead deflected in off the outstretched foot of Karim Benzema.
His second – a goal that put the game beyond any doubt – saw a long range effort from substitute Gareth Bale squirm through his hands.
But while some supporters tore into the disastrous display, others were quick to note the disappointing behaviour of his team-mates and used the club’s famous ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ anthem as a reference point.
Former Arsenal, Everton and West Brom striker Kevin Campbell was one critic of the Liverpool players, tweeting: ‘Karius should have got supported by his team mates! Bang out of order leaving him alone and only got consoled by the Madrid players.’
England and Surrey cricketer Tymal Mills also picked up on the lack of support for the goalkeeper.
He said: ‘You’ll never walk alone?? Saw Karius only being consoled by Madrid players after the game….’
It was Bale, whose shot led to the second error by Karius, that was one of the first to go and console the goalkeeper after the final whistle.
Nacho and Marco Asensio were quick to follow as Madrid’s players were praised for a classy move in the wake of winning their third successive Champions League.
Speaking after the game, Karius was nothing short of devastated after an horrific evening in Kiev.
‘I don’t feel anything right now,’ he told Talksport. ‘Today I lost my team the game. I feel sorry for everyone. I’m sorry for everyone, for the team, for the whole club. The mistakes cost us dearly.
‘If I could go back in time I would. I just feel sorry for my team. I know I let them down today.’