Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Liverpool: The Importance of Having A Reliable Goalkeeper

Loris Karius Liverpool
KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 26: Loris Karius of Liverpool looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the NSC Olimpiyskiy on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

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 …

Embed from Getty Images


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.

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.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

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.

Embed from Getty Images


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?

Keep it here on The Stoppage Time, powered by Azteca Soccer, for all of your soccer news. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

More Footy You May Also Like


A wonder strike from Ruben Neves sent Liverpool crashing out of the FA cup at the first hurdle at Molineux. Jurgen Klopp made nine...


Thursday’s game at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City will decide Liverpool’s title chances. There is no doubt that it is the most important...


James Milner is one of the most hardworking professionals in the modern game and is versatile to the point that if you had a...

Transfer Rumors

It has been a very eventful transfer window so far with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo going to Juventus but one thing I have...


Liverpool have agreed a £40m fee with Monaco for Brazil midfielder Fabinho as a replacement for Emre Can as Jürgen Klopp steps up his...

World Cup

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will travel to Spain on Wednesday to undergo treatment on his shoulder injury, the Egyptian Football Federation has announced. The...

Champions League

Gareth Bale came off the bench and scored a spectacular bicycle kick on the biggest stage as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win...