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Gareth Bale had a lovely moment with Loris Karius after the Champions League final

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If you somehow missed the Champions League final, the tears of Loris Karius should tell you everything you need to know.

The Liverpool goalkeeper, who had improved so much in recent months, reverted to his old ways at the worst possible time, gifting Real Madrid two of their three goals.

First came his attempt to roll the ball out, only for Karim Benzema to stick out a leg and roll it into an empty net.

Within four minutes, Sadio Mane equalised but Gareth Bale then popped up with a glorious overhead kick to put the reigning champions back in front.

The Welshman subsequently finished the Reds off as Karius made another blunder with eight minutes left.

As easy as it is to mock the stopper, it was heart-wrenching to see his reaction and speaking on talkSport after the game, he apologised to everyone connected with the club and admitted: "my mistakes cost us the final".

It remains to be seen if his horrorshow will spell the end of his Anfield career. What was particularly disappointing was that after the final whistle, amid Real's celebrations, no Liverpool players went over to console him.

Bale did it instead 

Instead, Bale and Vallejo patted him on the back, with the match-winner having a quiet word in his ear to comfort him.

A member of the Liverpool coaching staff subsequently put his arm around him and led him away. Imagine being a fly on the wall in that dressing room.

"Not one of the Liverpool outfield players has gone to the goalkeeper, that tells you all you need to know," Mark Lawrenson pointed out on BBC 5 Live.

"What on earth would you say to him? For goodness sake.

"I mean I feel really, really sorry for him and I think the second error was worse than the first error because the second error, we all would have stopped that.

"Every picture tells a story," he added when prompted with a picture of Karius lying on the turf with his head in his hands crying.

Perhaps it's understandable that Karius' team-mates were lost for words but it certainly wasn't nice to see him so isolated. It's almost unthinkable how he must be feeling.

As for Bale, the former Spurs attacker showed his class in a moment when he himself must have felt on top of the world.

Another year, another European title for Los Blancos - but they can't have predicted winning it with such calamitous goals.

Should Liverpool players have done more for Karius? Have your say in the comments. 

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Topics:
UEFA Champions League
Football
Loris Karius
Real Madrid
Gareth Bale
Liverpool

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