Liverpool's Loris Karius made the sort of mistakes that can "destroy a career" in the Champions League final, according to former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn. Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid's goals on Saturday as the holders ran out 3-1 winners in Kiev to claim their third European crown in a row.
Karius watched in horror as his attempted throw-out was intercepted by Karim Benzema then saw the rebound bobble over the line, giving Madrid the lead; he then fumbled a Gareth Bale shot into his own net to make it 3-1 after the Wales star's stunning overhead kick had restored their advantage.
The 24-year-old was in tears as he apologised to fans inside the stadium, before later telling talkSPORT that he felt responsible for the defeat.
Kahn, a Champions League winner with Bayern in 2001, says Karius' unfortunate performance was the toughest he had ever watched. "I'm lost for words," he said, speaking on ZDF. "I can't remember having experienced something more brutal from a goalkeeping point of view than in this final. An evening like this can destroy a career."
2 - Loris Karius has made more errors leading to goals tonight (2) than he did in his previous 32 competitive apps for Liverpool this season in 2017-18. Stage. pic.twitter.com/gLTFfiOUPC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 26, 2018
Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) 26 May 2018
Believe in yourself
Haven’t really slept until now... the scenes are still running through my head again and again... I'm infinitely sorry to my teammates, for you fans, and for all the staff. I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down... pic.twitter.com/w9GixPiQDC— Loris Karius (@LorisKarius) 27 May 2018