Liverpool favourite calls for UCL forgiveness – ‘Liverpool gave me second chance, why not Karius?’
Bruce Grobbelaar wants to see Loris Karius given a second chance by Liverpool, with a former favourite having secured legendary status after making plenty of errors of his own.
A change between the sticks is being mooted at Anfield following a horror show from their current No. 1 in the Champions League final.
Karius has apologised for two costly mistakes in a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid, but Jurgen Klopp is now being heavily linked with several options to replace the German.
Grobbelaar hopes the Reds will resist the urge to bring in a new goalkeeper, with a man who spent 13 years with the club grateful for the opportunities he was given when it would have been easy to cast him aside.
The Liverpool icon told BBC Sport: “They gave me two years of second chances, so why can’t they give him a second chance after one game?”
Grobbelaar added on how Klopp should be handling Karius: “They should keep him in the spotlight from next season.
“First game back, get him back as soon as possible.”
Karius had received support from an Anfield predecessor prior to his European flop, with Grobbelaar having tipped him to go from strength to strength.
He told the Off The Ball podcast: “Karius will become the best value for money goalkeeper in the Premier League in the years to come.”
“He cost £4m from Mainz, he is going to be immense, because I tell you what, he has come on leaps and bounds since Van Dijk has come in at the back.”
Rather than invest considerable transfer funds in a new keeper this summer, Grobbelaar feels the Reds – who already have deals in place with Fabinho and Naby Keita – should be looking to bolster their defence and attack.
He added: “Liverpool can win the Champions League next year but need two more players to add to the squad.
“They need a centre-half and a striker.”