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Jurgen Klopp Defends Karius After Champions League Final Errors



Jurgen Klopp defended blunder-keeper Loris Karius after his two mistakes and a wonder goal by Gareth Bale ended Liverpool’s Champions League dream in Kiev.

Victory confirmed Madrid as Euro Kings for the third year running – a Champions League record – as Zinedine Zidane became the first manager to win the trophy three times.

Bale came off the bench after 61 minutes and scored a breathtaking overhead kick to put Madrid in front after Sadio Mane had equalised Karim Benzema’s bizarre opener.

The Welshman then ended hopes of a late Liverpool revival with a long range shot fumbled by 24-year-old Karius.

Klopp said: “Loris Karius 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. The second mistake is because of the first one.

“I only had a few words with him afterwards but no body wants those mistakes. We will deal with it and of course we will be with him.

“The bad parts are difficult to get rid of in a game like this. Gareth Bale’s bicycle kick was unbelievable. We did what we could and the boys tried everything but it was not the best script for us.

“Everything was great until tonight. You go to the final to win it, it was proper chance for us and we did not take it.”

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson refused to blame Karius for the defeat, insisting the club would rise and fall as one.

“It’s not about him and mistakes he might have made,” he told BT Sport.

“It’s about us as a team, we got here together as a team and we lose as a team.

“We’re all together, it’s not just about one person. We were just not good enough to get over the line.”

Klopp confirmed Salah’s injury, sustained in a 25 minute tussle with Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos, looks serious and he might miss the World Cup in Russia next month.

“It is very serious, it is with his collarbone or shoulder. He would have tried to play on but I have not seen him. He is possibly in hospital for an X-ray. It does not look good.”

The Kop boss – who saw top scorer Mo Salah suffer a first half shoulder injury that could rule him out of the World Cup – refused to blame his fellow German despite being at fault for the first and last Real Madrid goals in a 3-1 win for the Spaniards.

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