Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he had no words for Loris Karius after the goalkeeper’s horror show in Liverpool’s Champions League final.
Karius took over from Simon Mignolet as Liverpool’s first-choice ‘keeper towards the end of last season but produced a calamitous performance in the side’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.
The 25-year-old threw the ball against Karim Benzema to set up Madrid’s opener before fumbling Gareth Bale’s long-range shot into his own net in the 64th minute.
Bale completed his brace with arguably the greatest goal in Champions League history and a desolate Karius burst into tears after the final whistle in Kiev.
Asked how he dealt with Karius, Klopp told Sport1: ‘I am a strong supporter of the idea of just shutting up if you don’t have the right words.
‘And other than a few comforting words I did not have the right words. I did not have a clue what you could say.
‘Neither was I angry at him nor was I disappointed in him or something else.
‘I only saw his situation, and everyone would love to have the right words.’
It emerged after Liverpool’s defeat that Karius had been dealing with concussion due to a clash with Sergio Ramos and Klopp believes this collision explained the German’s display.
Speaking back in July, Klopp revealed: ‘Franz Beckenbauer called me, that’s exactly how it was, and he started with, “Your goalkeeper had concussion”.
‘I said, “What?” Beckenbauer said “I’ve come from Dr Hans Muller-Wohlfahrt [in Boston] and he said he knew immediately in the situation that he had concussion when Ramos hit him”.
‘And then it came back to me because in the game, from my position, without having replays, you see the knock and then I see the reaction of Loris, but then you look already somewhere else.
‘Then I think, “Stop, I have to watch it back”. How can we imagine that a player, who didn’t show any signs, not in that game, not before that game, that he will do these things, that it’s not influenced by the knock?’