Ex-keeper blames Klopp for Karius’ Champions League final errors

Former Newcastle and West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop says Jurgen Klopp’s way of playing was to blame for Loris Karius’ calamitous Champions League final .

Karius’ blunders in allowing first Karim Benzema and then Gareth Bale to score in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory in Kiev have been shared around the world as the German has been pilloried.

The 24-year-old was left in tears at full-time, and sent an emotional message to the club’s supporters asking for forgiveness.

But Hislop says that Klopp should take some of the blame.

"Your heart does go out to him because you know how easy it is to make mistakes, and every goalkeeper has – although admittedly not on this kind of stage," he told ESPN.

"I am convinced that Jurgen Klopp says to Liverpool ‘Do everything quickly, let’s go at Real Madrid with pace, don’t give them a moment to rest’.

"And here’s where the experience matters. Loris Karius is a young and inexperienced goalkeeper, certainly at this level.

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"For that first goal, he gets the ball in his hands and first thing he’s thinking is, ‘Get play restarted, let me roll it to Dejan Lovren and put Real Madrid on the back foot as quickly and as best we can’ – without ever stopping and taking a moment to make sure Benzema clears out.

"As a result, the ball ends up in the back of the net. You get the quick response and Karius is relieved, but then the Bale goal and he’s back into those moments where he’s haunted thinking, ‘If we lose here 2-1, I’m at fault yet again’.

"The shot comes in from distance and again, as much as this ball is moving from Gareth Bale, look at Karius’ feet.

"I am convinced that yet again he’s thinking, ‘Let me make this save and put Real Madrid on the back foot’.

"When the ball arrives at him, his feet are almost in a straddle position as though he’s trying to run forward with it before making the save.

"This is where experience matters."

Liverpool are expected to step up their hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer following the errors.

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