Loris Karius had a game to forget on Sunday night as Liverpool slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Borussia Dortmund.
The German goalkeeper has struggled for confidence ever since his nightmare performance in the Champions League final, where he was at fault for goals from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.
The game took its toll on Karius mentally – although he was playing with a concussion – and he has continued to struggle after returning for Liverpool’s pre-season.
In the 3-2 victory over Tranmere, many Kopites lost their patience with him as he dropped another clanger by fumbling a tame free-kick and conceding the rebound.
And although Liverpool then proceeded to foot a world-record fee for a new number one in Alisson Becker, Karius remained the go-to shot stopper for the tour of the United States.
KARIUS’ POOR PERFORMANCE VS DORTMUND
Karius made a shaky start in the International Champions Cup fixture with an error that almost cost Liverpool a goal, check that out here.
That was followed up by a second mistake in the closing minutes and this time there was no reprieve for the 25-year-old as Dortmund notched up a third goal.
Jacob Bruun Larsen found the net from close range when Karius feebly parried a Pulisic strike.
Naturally, his performance led to another round of criticism and genuine concern that Karius may never be the same goalkeeper again after the events of Kiev.
IKER CASILLAS REACTS ON TWITTER
Amidst all the criticism, though, legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas couldn’t take it anymore and took to Twitter with a passionate post.
The Spaniard talked some serious sense about the effect of Karius receiving this abuse.
He wrote during the game: “Will this attack @LorisKarius ever end? I’m talking about him like so many other goalkeepers. There are many more serious problems in the world. F***!
“Leave the kid alone! He’s also a person. As we all are!”
Este ataque a @LorisKarius va a terminar alguna vez? Hablo de él como tantos otros guardametas. Hay muchos más problemas serios en el mundo joder! Dejar al chaval en paz! También es persona. Como lo somos todos!
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) July 22, 2018
Well said, Iker.
Karius’ recent performances have definitely been lacking but outright criticism is both disappointing to see and nonproductive to his recovery.
It’s worth noting, however, that the vast majority of Liverpool fans have rallied behind the German and given him a brilliant reception at pre-season fixtures.
Nevertheless, the minority taking it too far can gain a lot from Casillas’ tweet and the reminder that Karius is, at the end of the day, a person like the rest of us.
The 25-year-old now faces a difficult period in his career and the unenviable challenge of trying to rival Alisson on Merseyside.
Klopp reiterated before the game that the Brazilian number one will also be first choice at Anfield and will take over when he returns from his post-World Cup holiday.
As for Karius, he needs to stop the rot sooner rather than later because the situation is becoming increasingly sad by the game.