Loris Karius leaves Liverpool: Remember 'the worst goal kick of all time'

Loris Karius

Liverpool have officially announced that Loris Karius among others will leave the club this summer.

The club revealed their retained and released list on Thursday and Karius’ name was alongside Divock Origi, Sheyi Ojo and Ben Woodburn in being released at the end of their contracts.

Karius hasn’t played for the club since the Champions League final in 2018. That night in Kyiv, Karius made two horrendous mistakes that saw Real Madrid triumph 3-1.

It was always a long way back from that.

In truth, Karius’ entire Liverpool career was littered with mistakes.

After arriving in 2016 from Mainz for £4.75m, Karius displaced Simon Mignolet as the club’s No.1.

But by December, he was back behind Mignolet in the pecking order.

His performance during Liverpool’s 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth was the final straw with the German being at fault for at least two of the goals as they threw away a 3-1 lead.

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool - Premier League

A week earlier, Liverpool beat Sunderland 2-0 at Anfield with Karius keeping a clean sheet. But it wasn’t the perfect afternoon for the goalkeeper.

Why?

Because he took arguably the worst goal kick in Premier League history in front of The Kop.

Karius attempted to take a short kick to defender Joel Matip but completely sliced his attempt as it rolled out for a corner.

And to round it off, Matip gave Karius an incredible side-eye look as if to say ‘What are you doing!?’

Joel Matip and Loris Karius

VIDEO: Loris Karius takes worst goal kick in Premier League history

It was from that moment that perhaps Klopp should have dropped Karius and continued to play Mignolet for the remainder of the campaign.

For the last few years, Karius has had loan spells at Besiktas (during the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons) while he was at Union Berlin last campaign, only managed four league appearances.

Ahead of this season’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, Klopp spoke about that night in Ukraine and the ‘harsh’ criticism of Karius.

Loris Karius in Champions League final

“Loris Karius is a really good boy and that night didn’t help we have to say as everything we do happens in public,” Klopp said. “The whole world builds an opinion on us constantly, usually it’s not important. If people think about me ‘what an idiot’ or whatever, it’s no problem as I feel fine.

“But if you feel about yourself, god how could I do it, and the world is going for you, that is really harsh and that was the case for Loris.”

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