Loris Karius’s errors in the 2018 Champions League final still haunt plenty of Liverpool fans, but the Reds’ goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has played down any kind of resentment towards the German
Liverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has revealed how he reacted to Loris Karius’s error-strewn display in the 2018 Champions League final.
As many Reds fans will no doubt remember, German stopper Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid’s goals as they triumphed 3-1 in Kiev.
Karius had a near-perfect first half, but disaster struck when he threw the ball straight to Karim Benzema in the 50th minute to give the Spaniard’s the lead.
Sadio Mane equalised for Liverpool, but Gareth Bale’s iconic overhead kick had the Reds on the back foot again, and another howler from Karius gave the Welshman his second and all but handed Real Madrid the trophy.
The former Mainz and Stuttgart stopper was in tears at the final whistle as his mistakes proved costly.
But goalkeeper coach Achterberg has insisted some three and a half years later that he has absolutely nothing bad to say about the 28-year-old, suggesting there were no hard feelings towards him from the club.
“You hope that your goalkeepers make as few mistakes as possible,” Achterberg told AD.
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“Karius making a mistake in the final against Real Madrid? You win together, and you lose together. It can make or break a career, but I can’t say anything negative about him.
“No, not even in my book. Like I said, it’s not that kind of book. People should buy other books for that.
“In my book, Klopp talks about how we work together. And how it is to work every day at perhaps the biggest club on earth.”
After loan spells in Turkey with Besiktas and then Union Berlin in his native Germany, Karius is now back at Liverpool as what appears to be the fourth-choice keeper.
But he admits that he has been looking at an exit in the near future as returns from injury.
“My goal is to be under the bar every week, and we’ll see where that is,” he told German outlet BILDSport.
“There were a few clubs in the picture, but that didn’t get off the ground for various reasons.
“I’ve been out for about six weeks and I’ll try to rejoin training after the international break and get back in top shape.
“And then we’ll see what will happen in the winter.”