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Police investigating death threats against Liverpool keeper Karius after Champions League horror show

 Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius told fans he was "infinitely sorry" for his two catastrophic errors in the side's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final and said he had struggled to sleep after Saturday's game. The German keeper has also been getting threats and the Merseyside police are investigating death threats against the keeper. 

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 Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius told fans he was "infinitely sorry" for his two catastrophic errors in the side's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final and said he had struggled to sleep after Saturday's game. The German keeper has also been getting threats and the Merseyside police are investigating death threats against the keeper. 

The German keeper gifted Karim Benzema the first goal by accidentally throwing the ball against the Real forward, and then watching it trickle into his net, and he allowed a shot by Gareth Bale straight through his hands for Madrid's third goal which ended any hopes of his side getting back in the game.

"Haven't really slept until now, the scenes are still running through my head again and again. I'm infinitely sorry to my team mates, for you fans and for all the staff. I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down," Karius wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

"As I said I'd just like to turn back the time but that's not possible. It's even worse as we all felt that we could have beaten Real Madrid and we were in the game for a long time. 

"Thank you to our unbelievable fans who came to Kiev and held my back, even after the game. I don't take that for granted and once again it showed me what a big family we are. Thank you and we will come back stronger."

Karius received the backing of his coach Juergen Klopp after the game but some fans on social media were less forgiving and British media reported that Merseyside Police were investigating death threats made towards the goalkeeper.

"The force takes social media posts of this nature extremely seriously and any offences identified will be investigated," a spokesperson for the force told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
"Merseyside Police would like to remind social media users than any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated." 

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has received plenty of sympathy and support following his horrendous errors in his team's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid but his future as first choice at Anfield is surely now in doubt.

The 24-year-old German was a miserable sight at the end of the game when he collapsed to the ground and lay face down in the grass, motionless while Real celebrated their title.

Tears flowed down his face as, after receiving some consolation, he joined his team mates in front of the Liverpool supporters and held out his hands in apology.

Karius had gifted Real the lead in the 51st minute when he inexplicably threw the ball straight to Real forward Karim Benzema, who stretched out his leg and knocked it into the unguarded goal.

Then, with the score at 2-1 to Real, Karius let a long-range effort from substitute Gareth Bale through his hands as the Spanish side made sure of the win.

There was no debate over whether the keeper was to blame for those two goals but plenty of empathy for a young man whose worst moments came in his biggest game.

Former Everton and Wales international goalkeeper Neville Southall took to Twitter to express his support.

"Feel sorry for Karius but it's how you bounce back I have been there it's a dark place to be I hope he comes through it. Stay strong. Believe in yourself. Goalkeepers Union."

There were also supportive words from former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who praised him for his gesture to the supporters but acknowledged he now faces a challenging period.

"No-one makes a mistake on purpose. Fair play to him for going to the fans," Gerrard said.

"I admire him for owning up and apologising. These Liverpool fans will back you when times are tough, and they'll also back you when you're on top of the world as well.

"But there's no getting away from it. He is in for a tough few months. He's in for a tough summer."

 

CLUB BACKING

Karius's manager Juergen Klopp said the keeper will be backed by the club.

"I really feel for him; he's a fantastic boy. Now, he has to deal with it, we have to deal with, we will do that – of course we will be with him, there's no doubt about that. It was not his night, obviously," he said.

But football is a cruel business and there have been long been question marks over whether Karius or his rival for the keeper's shirt, Belgian Simon Mignolet, are up to the standard needed for Liverpool's challenges in Europe and at home.

Former Anfield player turned pundit, Mark Lawrenson, wrote on the BBC website that while he felt sorry for the keeper Karius's career at the club may be over.

"I don't see any way back for him at Liverpool now," he said.

"Even if Klopp backs him publicly as well as privately, he must know that he is not good enough for Liverpool and what they want to achieve.

"You need a top goalkeeper to win trophies and he is not one of those. Can they afford to keep playing him, thinking he might become one? No. Karius always looks like he has a mistake in him, and that cost them dearly on Saturday night."

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