Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Police investigating death threats issued to Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius

Police investigating death threats issued to Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius

The German keeper had earlier handed Real a 51st minute lead when he threw the ball straight at striker Karim Benzema and the ball rolled into the unguarded net off the Frenchman's leg.

But then came Bale, leaping to produce a jaw-dropping left-foot overhead volley from Marcelo's cross before trying his luck with a speculative long-range shot that defied Karius's ham-fisted attempt to keep it out and put the result beyond doubt.

Karius was in tears at the final whistle in Kiev after the Reds' 3-1 loss.

Karius received the backing of his coach Jurgen Klopp after the game but some fans on social media were less forgiving and British media reported that Merseyside Police were investigating death threats made towards the goalkeeper.

"It might be hard for him [to stay at Liverpool] after this". I don't know what he was trying to do. Everyone makes mistakes but to accept it the way he did takes courage. Every goalkeeper can relate to him.

"It sounds like you are a bad loser when you say things like that". I feel sorry for my team. If I could go back in time, I would.

It was a small gesture, but it will have meant the world to Karius in his moment of need, and Liverpool fans on social media heaped praise on their former player for embodying the club's values.

Clemence, who was in goal for Liverpool's first three European Cup wins including the 1-0 victory against Real in 1981, told BBC's Sportsweek programme: "He's made two horrendous errors at vital times in the game and he has to live with that".

"We beat the best teams in Europe".

The Merseyside outfit finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season.

In comments on BT Sport after the game, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard said: "No-one makes a mistake on objective".

"We kept the ball, created chances and pressed high in the first 30 minutes, but in 10 years from now no one will speak of how we lost".

That price tag is now considered a bargain at twice the price, and Roma are prepared to impose a "Salah tax" if Liverpool try to prise away another of their star men - especially after the Egyptian helped dump Roma out of the Champions League.

Like this: