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Anger, Pity & Confusion: Liverpool's Loris Karius Is The Talk Of This Final

Anger, Pity & Confusion: Liverpool's Loris Karius Is The Talk Of This Final

"Loris Karius has blown it tonight for Liverpool" - such was the estimation of the Liverpool goalkeeper from RTÉ's Jim Beglin tonight.

After progressively improving performances this season, the German keeper had appeared to validate Jurgen Klopp's faith in him; a fact demonstrated by his ability to keep Simon Mignolet out of the Liverpool team and secure the #1 spot as his own.

However, on this, the biggest night of his career, Karius came up incredibly short.

In a 3-1 defeat, Karius was at direct fault for two of the goals decided; Gareth Bale's bicycle-kick reduced him to the role of spectator from which we all looked on.

Yet, after a disastrous mistake to allow Karim Benzema in, Karius then pushed a long-range Bale effort into his own net.

Amid a fury of angry, sorrowful and pitying tweets, this Champions League final, irrespective of Bale's magic first, will go down as the one Karius threw away.

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