Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann, who won the Champions League with the club in 2005, has criticised goalkeeper Loris Karius – for his post-match reaction rather than the two blunders that cost the Reds against Real Madrid.
“My sympathy with Karius is limited,” Hamann, 44, told magazine Sport Bild.
“We don’t have to discuss that he decided the final with his two mistakes. Something like that can also happen to a professional footballer.”
“But what I didn’t like was his behaviour afterwards. To publically show his suffering after the final whistle was just as unnecessary as his tearful asking for forgiveness from the Reds fans.”
The two Karius errors led to two Real goals in Liverpool’s 3-1 loss on Saturday, with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale the beneficiaries, and the 24-year-old was moved to tears as he applauded the travelling fans once the match was over.
But Hamann was unimpressed with the goalkeeper’s emotional reaction to his mistakes.
“Liverpool fans forgive their stars just as well as any other, the anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is part of life out at the club,” he said.
“With one exception: when your ego doesn’t match your performance.
“Karius drives through Liverpool with the personalised number plates ‘LK1’ and makes waves in the city whenever he steps out.
“Having airs like that is something Cristiano Ronaldo, alias CR7, can pull off in Madrid, because he has won the Champions League five times.
“Someone like Karius has not achieved anything yet in his career and should be happy to have been given the chance by (Liverpool coach Jurgen) Klopp at a world-class club.”
Liverpool swept the rug from under the transfer window on Monday night as they pulled out off a coup out of nowhere with the signing of Brazil midfielder Fabinho from AS Monaco.
The 25-year-old has been seemingly linked to every club under the sun after the mini-exodus at Monaco last season saw Kylian Mbappe, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy all leave the principality.
Now he joins an already high-octane Liverpool side – catch up with all of Sport360’s analysis on the move below.
Brendon Netto has been contemplating how Jurgen Klopp will incorporate the all-action midfielder into his ‘heavy metal’ system – and he may even decide on a change of formation. He also speculates that his arrival may give Mohamed Salah the freedom of a Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nabil Fekir and Alisson are also being tracked by the Reds and we’ve dreamed up exactly how the Champions League finalists may look this season. It’s pretty exciting.
Elsewhere, Aditya Devavrat takes a statistical deep dive into what made Fabinho such a hot property during his last two seasons with Monaco. The good news is that he’s not afraid of creating chances.
And if you like your analysis in video format, check out some of the key facts here.
Fabinho himself – and his happy new manager – have also had their say.
Klopp has also given his thumbs up to the £43 million move, with the German positively beaming about the fact that his new star can ‘play ‘6’, ‘8’ and ‘2’. This is cool‘.
It’s a signing that sends a message to the rest of the Premier League‘s top six. Liverpool, who narrowly missed out on a trophy this season after losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid, and failed to mount a serious title challenge in the league, are strengthening their squad in an area of need.
Fabinho, a defensive midfielder who was the glue of Monaco’s wildly successful 2016-17 season when they won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-final, instantly strengthens Jurgen Klopp’s midfield, giving the German depth and solidity in the centre of the park along with the impending arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.
That Fabinho was wanted by several other European clubs is proof enough of his quality, if any were required. The Brazilian was a stabilising force for Monaco this season after the reigning champions saw a host of players leave last summer, with Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, and Kylian Mbappe headlining the departures.
But although Fabinho looked at times as if he was disinterested, and affected by not getting a move of his own, his play rarely dipped. He combined for a total of 14 goals and assists across Ligue 1 and the Champions League in 2016-17, and got another 10 this season in a weaker team, creating a similar number of chances while remaining a reliable defensive presence.
Fabinho should fit in easily at Liverpool, with Monaco’s thrilling, speedy attack similar to the one that has gripped audiences at Anfield. The thought of the Brazilian looking to pick out Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane should have fans salivating.
The 24-year-old, alongside a 23-year-old Keita and fellow 24-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain, will form a young core that more than makes up for the impending loss of Can – not to mention, a trio that has the potential to develop into one of the Premier League’s best midfields.
If the transfer pans out as the player’s record at Monaco suggests it will, Liverpool could soon have bigger reason to celebrate.