How Steven Gerrard reacted to Loris Karius apologising to Liverpool fans after CL final

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It was a night to forget for Loris Karius in the Champions League final.

Picked between the sticks for Liverpool in one of the biggest games in their history, the German shot stopper crumbled under the pressure with two dreadful errors against Real Madrid.

Karius left the Olympic Stadium perplexed when he gifted Los Blancos their opener, attempting to play out from the back with a simple throw.

However, he desperately misjudged the attempt and put it right on the foot of Karim Benzema who duly converted.

Sadio Mane quickly drew things level for the Reds, before Gareth Bale scored from the bench with a stunning bicycle kick that Karius could have done nothing about.

Karius distraught after Real loss

The same can't be said of Bale's second goal, though, with the Welshman's long range effort slipping through the gloves of Karius in a moment of pure calamity.

Reflecting on the errors, Jurgen Klopp said after the match: "Loris knows it, everybody knows it. That is a shame in a game like this, in a season like this. I feel for him. He is a fantastic boy."

Nevertheless, what impressed a lot of Liverpool fans was how Karius handled himself at the full-time whistle. 

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

Gerrard applauds him for apologising

Despite being visibility distraught, the 24-year-old walked over to the Liverpool contingent and started to apologise to them for his errors. Both classy and heartbreaking.

The move also struck a chord with Steven Gerrard who nailed his reaction while working as a pundit with BT Sport.

The Liverpool legend remarked: "I think he was very brave doing that and, you know, most goalkeepers would have been straight down the tunnel, alone in tears.

"For a kid his age, to go and take responsibility, you've got to take your hat off to him.

"But, like you say, it's going to be painful for him for a longtime."

Gerrard is spot on.

While it won't make up for his mistake and it will do little to comfort him personally, you've got to respect Karius for not hiding and going to all those Liverpool fans who had travelled to Kiev.

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

He didn't mean to make those errors and that's exactly why he apologised.

And as Gerrard notes, many professionals would have hidden away and his actions were actually what you would expect from a veteran, not a 24-year-old.

In spite of his calamitous performance, Karius handled himself brilliantly afterwards.

Do you think there's a future at Liverpool for Karius? Have your say in the comment section below.

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