Jermaine Pennant has spent his Bank Holiday weekend responding to angry tweets after his surprisingly harsh post following Saturday night’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
The 35-year-old, who played for Liverpool between 2006-2009, said he felt gutted for his former club following their 3-1 defeat in Kiev - the players and fans - with the exception of goalkeeper Loris Karius.
He also posted a Photoshopped picture of Karius holding the Champions League trophy aloft alongside Real Madrid’s players.
Although Karius received plenty of abusive tweets following the final whistle, nobody expected a former Liverpool player to join in.
Football fans - and not just Liverpool supporters - have slammed the former England Under-21 international for showing a complete lack of empathy towards the 24-year-old.
For Pennant, it seems the famous Anfield motto ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ does not apply.
It’s been great to see the ‘goalkeeper’s union’ all sticking up for Karius in recent days.
Wes Foderingham ends Pennant with tweet
Neville Southall posted a fantastic tweet over the weekend, while Simon Mignolet has told his teammate that he’s there if he needs to talk.
Rangers’ number one Wes Foderingham, meanwhile, has aimed fire at Pennant for kicking Karius at the lowest point of his career.
Responding to Pennant’s incendiary tweet, the 27-year-old simply wrote: “To post something like that as former professional says an awful lot about you as a person.”
The devastating reply has been retweeted over 4,000 times and ‘liked’ 23,000 times so far.
He said what most football fans were thinking
He clearly summed up what most football fans were thinking after reading Pennant’s original tweet.
Pennant has made more than his fair share of mistakes both on and off the pitch over the years and has finished as a runner-up in a Champions League, so it was a surprise to see him blast Karius so publicly.
He also knows the pain of reaching a Champions League final and missing out on a winners’ medal.
And if Pennant doesn’t feel a sense of guilt for his reactionary tweet after hearing Karius’s emotional post-match interview with talkSPORT or reading the keeper’s heartbreaking tweets, then that really does say a lot about him as a person.