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Paul Scholes Feels Karius' Tears Would Have Lead To 'A Load Of Stick'

Paul Scholes Feels Karius' Tears Would Have Lead To 'A Load Of Stick'

Not so much harking back to as pondering about the behaviour of individuals in his own day, Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has admitted that in times past, Loris Karius' post-match tears may well have been the source of a "whole load of stick" from teammates.

After a heartbreaking evening for the German goalkeeper, his two errors ultimately proved decisive in allowing Real Madrid to claim their third successive Champions League win.

Although the first-half departure of Mohamed Salah hardly helped Jurgen Klopp's side, Liverpool had looked their usual, threatening selves for large portions of the game.

When Karius inadvertently gifted Karim Benzema the opening goal of the game, and later allowed a long-range Gareth Bale effort past him for Real's third, there was simply no point of return for Liverpool.

Speaking today to the Manchester Evening News, Scholes empathised with the distraught Karius, but alluded to such reactions not always being welcome:

I can understand Karius because he's devastated at what's happened.

If you go back years and you saw somebody crying on the pitch, they'd have had a whole load of stick for it.

Now it's a different game, players are sensitive and they get upset easily.

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Highlighting a point that most were left dwelling on in the aftermath of last night's final, Scholes is certain that Liverpool "know they need to strengthen the goalkeeping position. ... I think they've known that for quite some time."

Suggesting that last night's debacle will undoubtedly "speed of the process" of the club's recruitment for that position, Scholes reflected how in the teams he represented, "we always found we needed a top goalkeeper."

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