Liverpool legend slams Klopp for discarding ‘brilliant’ player

Date published: Sunday 21st October 2018 1:05 - Matthew Stead

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Jurgen Klopp should have done more to defend Loris Karius, according to former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar.

Karius was shipped out to Besiktas on a two-season loan in the summer, a promising season with Liverpool having ended in disaster.

The German made two high-profile mistakes in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, and was replaced by Roma goalkeeper Alisson shortly after.

Grobbelaar, who won six English First Division titles at Anfield has laid into the manager for “destroying” him.

“Karius is still a very good goalkeeper, a brilliant goalkeeper,” he said.

“The unfortunate thing for him is that he made two mistakes in the biggest game in football after making one mistake in his previous 33 appearances.

“But I don’t think he was nurtured in the right way after what happened in Kiev.

“When he needed people to lean on there was nobody there for him.

“As a former goalkeeper and now as a coach, the first thing that must be done when a keeper makes a howler like Karius did is to go and support him.

“You ask what happened, why, how? I’ve watched replays of Gareth Bale’s second goal over and over and it is clear to me that Loris simply took his eye off the ball.

“It was a basic error. But you don’t destroy a goalkeeper over that. You tell him he’s the best and you work on it every day in training.

“Clearly Jurgen Klopp didn’t do that because Karius is now playing for Besiktas, the fourth-best team in Turkey.”


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