Jurgen Klopp explains why he barely spoke to Loris Karius after the CL final

What a difference a few months can make in football.

Liverpool have two clean sheets from their opening Premier League fixtures against West Ham and Crystal Palace, thanks in no small part to new stopper Alisson Becker.

There was a time, just three months ago, when the Reds were synonymous with goalkeeping errors.

Jurgen Klopp never seemed to fully trust Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius, and the latter made it abundantly clear why in the Champions League final.

Two hapless errors from the German handed Real Madrid a 3-1 victory and denied Liverpool the chance to win a sixth European title.

Karius is now reportedly on the verge of a move to Besiktas. Klopp even tried to persevere with him in pre-season, but his blunders showed no signs of stopping.

There is no getting away from the significance of what happened that night in Kiev and even his manager admits he didn’t know how to address his number one immediately after the game.

KLOPP AND KARIUS BARELY SPOKE
“I am a strong supporter of the idea of just shutting up if you don’t have the right words,” Klopp told Sport1.

“And other than a few comforting words I did not have the right words. I did not have a clue what you could say.”

Many fans were disappointed that upon the final whistle, none of Karius’ Liverpool teammates went over to him and he was left crying on the pitch alone.

While it was unfortunate that the 25-year-old was left so isolated, Klopp’s comments at least shed some light on why he was reserved in dealing with the situation.

He added:

“Neither was I angry at him nor was I disappointed in him or something else. I only saw his situation, and everyone would love to have the right words.

“I didn’t have them. And that’s why we left it at it that evening but for a few words.

“By now, I [have] talked to him, not only about this. The situation is clear and everything is good.”

Karius has since been flooded with messages of support from Liverpool supporters.

In truth, however, it is going to take a long time for him to recover from his horrorshow against Los Blancos and a loan move abroad could be just what he needs.