Germany national team manager Joachim Löw has urged Loris Karius to stay positive after he cost Liverpool the Champions League final by making two errors.
In the second half in Kiev, Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema was gifted a golden opportunity to score when Karius tried to throw the ball past him but merely threw it into his outstretched leg.
The ball bobbled slowly towards goal – almost as if slowed down on a video replay – but eventually found the back of the net, sending the Madrid fans into hysterics.
Later in the game, it was Karius again who cost Liverpool when he allowed a speculative long-range effort from Gareth Bale to slip from between his hands and into the goal, effectively ending the tie.
According to Germany goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke, he and Joachim Löw sent texts to Karius, trying their best to console the former Mainz no.1
Koepke said: “We have tried to help him pick himself him up and we wrote to him telling him to keep his head up.
“(The criticism) is very borderline and totally incomprehensible on the part of experts with whom I played myself.
“I hope he will be supported by Jürgen Klopp and by Liverpool so he can get through it.”
Curiously, Liverpool target and Brazil no.1 Alisson Becker has also offered his support to Karius, saying: “I got very sad. He has to be proud to have played in a Champions League final. Of course, it’s not what he expected, but it’s part of football.“
Alisson will reportedly cost £79 million for any side that wishes to sign him, with AS Roma apparently holding out on selling him until after the World Cup.
While Liverpool have sounded Roma out over the ‘keeper’s availability, Director of Football Monchi has denied any suggestions that Alisson is close to leaving Rome.