Rio Ferdinand raised a concerning point about Loris Karius after Champions League final performance

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The 2017-18 Champions League final was an incredibly absorbing affair.

It ended in ecstasy for Real Madrid and despair for Liverpool, who lost 3-1 to the Spanish giants in Kiev.

Tears were shed, mistakes were made and we were even treated to a wonderful overhead kick.

Many are calling Gareth Bale’s first goal, which he scored three minutes after coming on as a substitute, the greatest goal in Champions League history.

But while Bale and co. celebrated their third triumph in the competition in three years, Loris Karius was left to reflect on a horrific evening.

The Liverpool goalkeeper was at fault for two goals, throwing the ball at Karim Benzema for Real Madrid’s opener before losing control of Bale’s long-range effort which made it 3-1.

Karius apologised to the travelling supporters at full-time but many fans are wondering just how he will recover.

Ferdinand's concern for Karius

It’s not just fans who are concerned for the German, though.

Rio Ferdinand, a pundit on BT Sport alongside Gary Lineker, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, admitted he is “concerned for his future” after the errors.

“The keeper’s got to save that,” Ferdinand said after watching Bale’s second goal again.

“At this level you don’t expect to see mistakes that are made like that and I just hope this kid can actually recover from this.

“He’s going to need a lot of people, a lot of support around him from the club, from his close friends and family and these next couple of months are really important for him that he doesn’t go under because that’s the concern.”

Karius faces the difficulty now of being reminded about his performance for many years to come.

“You do feel sorry for him in that respect,” Ferdinand added. “That will live with him forever now.

“I’m concerned for his future, I think he needs good people around him to comfort him.”


Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson refused to throw Karius under the bus when he spoke to BT Sport on the pitch at full-time.

Yet Ferdinand wonders whether the goalkeeper’s teammates will secretly blame him.

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

The former Manchester United defender continued: “I’ve been in changing rooms where people have made mistakes, and you can feel people looking at you like ‘what have you done?’

“Even myself, I’ve done it. I’ve looked at people and thought, ‘you’ve contributed there to me losing and missing out on a medal.’

“It does happen, but you can’t say it out here.”

Unfortunately for Karius, his mistakes are likely to be the catalyst Klopp needs to add another goalkeeper in the summer.

Rio Ferdinand
Steven Gerrard
UEFA Champions League
Loris Karius
Karim Benzema
Real Madrid
Jordan Henderson
Gareth Bale

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