A Steady Pair of Hands…
You can probably take a good guess at why I’ve chosen to talk about this topic – here’s a clue …
To many of us, football is all about beautiful goals, eye-catching assists and thumping tackles. However, the vitality of possessing a reliable goalkeeper cannot be stressed enough, particularly in the sports biggest competitions.
The whole world witnessed evidence of this importance on Saturday night in the UEFA Champions League final. Loris Karius played his worst and most likely his last game in a Liverpool jersey as the Merseysiders were stolen European success due to unforgivable goalkeeping errors.
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
The German hasn’t developed a great reputation with the Liverpool fans over the course of their 17/18 season due to a number of poor displays and irrational mistakes. However, all seemed to be going better in recent times after a cagey first-half ended 0-0 in Kiev. Unfortunately, this didn’t last long as the first goal of the game came straight after kick off.
Karius collected the ball within his box and looked to be in total control as the Reds were back in possession when a Madrid attack was cut out. What came next was unforeseeable though – the ex Mainz player rolled the ball straight into the path of the incoming Benzema who was gifted a Champions League sitter to put the Spaniards one up. It was a truly ludicrous error which made you question Karius’ experience and composure on the big stage.
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) May 29, 2018
For a short while it looked as though Karius’ teammates had saved his blushes when Sadio Mane equalised from a corner. However, Gareth Bale’s instant impact was certain to pour further misery on the German. The Welsh winger had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes and with his first significant touch, he scored one of the best Champions League goals of all time with an emphatic overhead kick – this time Karius could do absolutely nothing to prevent his side from going behind again.
There were slight glimpses of a Liverpool fightback but this was scarpered when lightning struck twice for the Merseyside keeper. Gareth Bale again involved hit a seemingly half-hearted effort from 35 yards down the throat of Karius, a shot which had little conviction and looked sure to be caught, only for the German to flap at the ball and spill into his own net. Rightly so, Liverpool fans looked on with despair and couldn’t understand their misfortune on the night they had looked so forward to.
This will be a night which Karius will hope to never re-watch again. He’ll be doing well to avoid the number of all-time worst blooper videos which his reel will feature in though. Best of luck to him!
So who should Liverpool sign between the sticks to put their much needed goalkeeping nightmares to bed once and for all?