Karius: I know I lost my team the game

Loris Karius

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has apologised to his club after an erratic performance in the Champions League final cost his side against Real Madrid.

Karius, who this season overtook Simon Mignolet as the Reds’ first choice goalkeeper, handed Karim Benzema an easy goal that broke the deadlock in Saturday’s final in Kiev.

The German shot stopper also let a long-range strike by Gareth Bale slip through his hands for Madrid’s third goal of the match, the Spanish giants winning 3-1 with Bale opening his account with a fantastic bicycle-kick.

Karius immediately issued an apology after the game, admitting that his two mistakes ended Liverpool’s dream of winning their second Champions League title in 13 years.

Karius told reporters after the final: “Today I lost my team the game and I feel sorry for everyone – from the team, from the whole club – that the mistakes cost dearly.

“If I could go back in time, I would. I feel sorry for my team. I know I let them down today. These goals cost us the title basically.

“Its very hard right now, but that the life of a goalkeeper. You have to get your head up again.” 

He said his teammates were supporting but were naturally all disappointed to have lost the match.

Karius added: “Of course everyone tried to cheer me up.

“But there was just silence everywhere because everyone was really disappointed.”

Karius later posted another lengthy apology on Twitter, saying he was still reliving the scenes in his head.

“Haven’t really slept until now. The scenes are still running through my head again and again,” he wrote.

“I’m infinitely sorry to my team-mates, for you fans, and for all the staff. I know I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down.

“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.”