Loris Karius will have to live with his mistakes “for the rest of his life” after the German’s blunders cost his side any chance in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, according to former Reds goalkeeper Ray Clemence.
An initial error handed the first goal to Karim Benzema before Karius’ second mistake allowed Gareth Bale to grab his second of the night in the 82nd minute and effectively seal a 13th European title for the Spanish side.
Clemence, who was in goal for Liverpool’s first three European Cup wins including the 1-0 victory over Real in 1981, told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme: “He’s made two horrendous errors at vital times in the game and he has to live with that.
“He’s got the whole summer to think about it and when you make mistakes in massive games like that they will be with you for the rest of your life, because people will remember them and keep reminding you of them.”
Loris Karius first mistake that gave Real Madrid an opener through Karim Benzema. pic.twitter.com/g13VwYIOxC
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The Welshman emerged off the bench to fire two goals – the first a stunning overhead kick – as Los Blancos beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev.
Here we rate the performances of each Liverpool player.
Loris Karius – 3: An absolute nightmare for Madrid’s first and third goals. Some decent stops as well but that really doesn’t matter.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7: An impressive showing from the youngster, defending with tenacity and getting forward when he could.
Dejan Lovren – 7: Towering header for Mane’s leveller and defended very well, including an outstanding last-ditch tackle on Bale.
Virgil van Dijk – 7: Lived up to his price tag with a dominant display, looking very much at home at this level. He’ll be back.
Andrew Robertson – 7: Did a sterling defensive job all night including a spectacular block to deny Ronaldo a probable goal.
James Milner – 7: A mature and disciplined performance, helping his team stay more than competitive in the centre of the field.
Jordan Henderson – 6: Perhaps a little too passive in his midfield role, but played sensibly and with good positional sense.
Gini Wijnaldum – 7: Tried to drive his team forward and snapped into plenty of challenges, putting good pressure on his opponents.
Mohamed Salah – 7: A very bright start, offering a constant goal threat before his unfortunate shoulder injury, which changed the game.
Roberto Firmino – 5: Had one early shot blocked by Ramos but generally wasn’t involved enough in the action, looking a little lightweight.
Sadio Mane – 8: Created plenty of danger with his electric pace and pounced for the equaliser, later hitting the post.
Adam Lallana – 5: Replaced Salah but he was really no replacement at all, offering nothing like the same attacking presence.
Emre Can – NA: Replaced Milner for the final few minutes but had little chance to make an impact.
Sure, there were some suspect players in the team that claimed victory in arguably the most dramatic Champions League final in history.
But you could not question their character as they staged a thrilling fightback from 3-0 down against a supremely talented AC Milan at half-time, before somehow emerging victorious on penalties.
Here, Matt Jones picks his combined Liverpool XI from both finals.
GK Jerzy Dudek > Loris Karius
Who can forget the bendy-kneed antics of the Pole in the shootout? Dudek was a solid rather than spectacular stopper, but he earned a place in club folklore for his performance in the final. First of all, for mimicking iconic Liverpool keeper Bruce Grobbelaar’s “spaghetti legs” antics from the shootout in the 1984 final against Roma, and then saving from initially Andrea Pirlo and then, crucially, Andriy Shevchenko. An underrated effort on the night was his fantastic double save from Shevchenko in extra-time.
RB Steve Finnan > Trent Alexander-Arnold
Another cult figure among Liverpool fans. The Irishman was a manager’s dream. What he lacked in ability he made up for with relentless energy and workrate. A decade earlier he had been playing non-league football. He joined Liverpool aged 27 from Fulham and made 217 appearances over the following five years. He was actually forced off at half-time in the final and missed Liverpool’s three goals as he was getting treatment from physio Dave Galley.
CB Jamie Carragher > Dejan Lovren
Some may say Carragher comes up short against the more elite centre-backs of his generation, but if ever you wanted a man beside you in the trenches, he would be your choice. Fearless and ferocious, he never shirked a job or was found wanting in a fight. Many give the credit for the Miracle of Istanbul to Steven Gerrard or Dudek, but Carragher’s contribution cannot be ignored. A true Liverpool hero.
CB Virgil van Dijk > Sami Hyypia
The first player from the current crop to make the grade and he goes straight into the team. He may have only been at Anfield since January but his impact has been almost immediate, bringing a calmness and structure to an otherwise brittle Liverpool backline. Much was made of the £75m price tag when his protracted move from Southampton was finally completed. But it will have been money well spent if he manages to shackle Cristiano Ronaldo and Co in Kiev.
LB Andrew Robertson > Djimi Traore
One of, if not the, shrewdest signing of the season in the Premier League. The young Scotsman has added guile and craft down Liverpool’s left, with his crossing a real asset for Liverpool. And in a defence that hasn’t always been so solid, Robertson has shone. Worked on the tills at Marks & Spencer and for the Scottish FA before hitting the big time, Robertson once said a highlight had been ‘I once showed Vincent Kompany to his seat’ during a Scotland v Belgium game. On Saturday he’ll be hoping to usher Real Madrid’s players down some blind alleys. Oh, and even if he had been terrible this season, he’d still get in ahead of disaster-prone Traore.
CM Steven Gerrard > Gini Wijnaldum
Not even up for debate, is it? A Liverpool legend and one of the greatest midfielders England has ever produced carried his club throughout his career. Ever reliable, he put his team on his shoulders once again at half-time at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in one of the singularly greatest displays from a captain of an English club in Europe. Gerrard powered in John Arne Riise’s cross nine minutes into the second half to get Liverpool back in it and then won the penalty from which Xabi Alonso equalised. It was his sheer drive and desire that sparked a remarkable Reds’ revival.
CM Xabi Alonso > Jordan Henderson
Silky and smooth, although it was the Spaniard’s less-heralded grit and guts that were on show 13 years ago. A player with such poise and presence took the penalty at 3-2 down, and reacted rapidly to it being saved by Dida to get to the rebound first and smash in to level the tie. Henderson is unlucky to miss out but Alonso could not only put in a shift, but oozed class in Liverpool’s engine room.
CM James Milner > John Arne Riise
Mr Consistency has enjoyed a superb season and resurrected his career as a midfielder, having so often filled in at full-back or fulfilled any task asked of him by Klopp. Will play a crucial role in nullifying the attacking threat of Luka Modric and Isco but has also shone as an attacking force in 2017/18. Has nine assists in the Champions League breoke the tournament record set by Neymar in 2016/17. That total is three more than Real Madrid’s entire midfield of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco, Marco Asensio and Casemiro have managed between them.
FW Mohamed Salah > Luis Garcia
The proverbial no brainer. The Egyptian has broken records left, right and centre this season, smashing the Premier League scoring record for a 38-game season with 32 goals. He’s been talismanic in Europe too, his 10 goals joint second alongside teammate Roberto Firmino and only inferior to Ronaldo. Scored the crucial equaliser on the night in the second-leg of the quarter-final against Manchester City that got Liverpool over the line and was rampant against former side Roma in the first-leg of the semi-final as he scored two and added two assists.
FW Roberto Firmino > Milan Baros
Has enjoyed a rather prolific season in his own right, but happens to be Salah’s teammate. Has as many goals in Europe as the Reds’ poster boy which is only five fewer than his Premier League tally. Can hurt you with goals or his superb link-up play and will ensure the Madrid defence can’t focus all their attention on Salah. The Brazilian is the complete modern-day striker.
FW Sadio Mane > Harry Kewell
Has gone off the boil but has been great in patches, and his pace and trickery is still enough to warrant a space in the front three ahead of injury-prone Kewell, who had to be replaced after 23 minutes of the final 13 years ago. This Liverpool attacking triumvirate is more than the sum of its individual parts and despite his sporadic form the Senegal star still has nine goals in Europe this season (one fewer than Salah and Firmino) and two assists.