Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius will not play for the club again following his howler in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, according to former midfielder Danny Murphy.
The German shot-stopper was left in tears as he gifted Karim Benzema the opening goal before failing to make a routine save from Gareth Bale’s long-range shot in Saturday’s grand finale.
Along with Sergio Ramos, who injured Mohamed Salah in the first-half, Karius has become a target for heart-broken supporters, and Murphy believes it will prove to be the last thing he does in a Liverpool shirt.
‘I actually feel sorry for him. I really do,’ Murphy told talkSPORT. ‘Nobody goes into a game wanting to make mistakes.
‘Unfortunately I don’t think he’ll play in a Liverpool shirt again. It’s impossible for him.
‘I think the magnitude of the mistakes and the enormity of the game, the supporters will struggle with him being in goal for them.
‘And the continual ribbing he will get week in, week out, wherever he goes – that’s going to be huge pressure for him. I just can’t see him playing again. That’s not being dramatic, that’s a reality of the situation.’
Even without Salah, Liverpool were containing the threat from Real Madrid before Karius attempted to throw the ball across the path of Benzema early in the second half. Benzema managed to intercept the throw and the ball dribbled into the net.
His failure to keep hold of Bale’s shot, which made it 3-1, also killed off any chance of a comeback after the Welshman had regained the lead with an incredible bicycle kick following Sadio Mane’s equaliser.
The goalkeeper has already left on holiday after being left out of Germany’s World Cup squad but could return to find himself replaced.
It is understood that Liverpool are hoping to take advantage of Roma’s financial struggles by launching a £60million move for Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson.
That would represent a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, but Liverpool have already proved they are prepared to spend big after committing £75m to signing defender Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window.