Regardless of which football team you support, it’s hard not to feel sorry for Loris Karius.
The 24-year-old Liverpool goalkeeper endured a personal nightmare in the biggest match of his career on Saturday night.
His two catastrophic errors cost Liverpool, who lost the Champions League final 3-1 in Kiev.
Karius produced one of the most inexplicable mistakes you’re ever likely to see in a football match for the opener.
He attempted to roll the ball out to a Liverpool teammate but Karim Benzema, standing next to him, simply stuck his leg out and couldn’t believe his luck as the ball rolled into the empty net.
Sadio Mane then equalised minutes later before Gareth Bale scored arguably the best goal in Champions League history.
There was more agony for Karius before the final whistle, however. In the 83rd minute, Bale took a shot from range and Karius somehow allowed the ball to squirm out of his grasp and into the back of the net.
What Henderson said about Karius after the match
There were heartbreaking scenes after the final whistle as Karius apologised to the Liverpool supporters with tears streaming down his face. It will take a long, long time for him to recover from this.
Jordan Henderson was asked about Karius after the match by BT Sport’s Des Kelly and the Liverpool captain endeared himself even further to football fans - not just Liverpool supporters - by refusing to chuck his teammate under a bus.
“The first one I’m not really sure what happened, I don’t know whether it should have been allowed,” a clearly dejected Henderson said. “He could do nothing for the overhead kick. The third one, the ball’s got loads of movement on, so it’s difficult.
“It’s not about him and the mistakes he’s made, it’s about us as a team. We got here together as a team and we lose as a team. We’re all in it together. It’s not about one person it’s about everybody."
'That why he's captain'
“We just weren’t good enough on the night to get over the line," he added. "I’m so proud of all the players.”
Well said, Jordan.
The 27-year-old could have been forgiven if he was fuming with Karius for costing him and his teammates a Champions League winners’ medal, but instead he protected the team’s goalkeeper like a true captain.
Karius will need the support of his teammates and coaching staff to help him get over this and Henderson has set a perfect example.
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