3) Lack of experience
The Reds had a more than memorable run to the Champions league final defeating the likes of Roma and Manchester City on their way. From an embarrassing 3-3 draw in Sevilla, to outplaying Manchester City at Anfield, the Reds showed great maturity to make things happen. However, they were up against the competition’s traditional champions in Real Madrid, who have developed a knack of getting results in recent seasons. Despite enjoying a much better start to the game, Liverpool went deep as the game went on when Real’s experience started to show. Without Salah, the Reds were a shadow of the team they had been throughout and the lack of belief and experience was going to take its toll sooner rather than later. And it did show, unfortunately for Karius, he was the culprit. At 25, Karius is no newbie to the game of football but playing in the Champions league final was a huge occasion for everyone in the Liverpool squad except Klopp, who had tasted defeat in 2013 to the hands of Bayern. Karius undoubtedly would have learnt a lot from the rough 45 minutes he had in Kiev.
2) The goalkeeper has a point to prove
Karius has endured a mixed time in England since arriving from Mainz two seasons ago. The German was glaringly horrendous in his early days at Anfield and was rightly dropped out of the starting XI. The goalkeeper in fairness did not exude any sort of confidence and it showed time and time again. However, after a smooth transition this season, Karius was slowly becoming the goalkeeper everybody expected him to be before he gifted the goal to KarimBenzema. He has spent most of his time at Anfield trying to prove his doubters wrong and now more than ever, he needs to fight for his career. Fortunately for him, Karius can dedicate his entire focus on playing for Liverpool with virtually no chance of featuring for Germany in the near future. There are only two ways now for Karius’ career, either he comes out of it as one of the best or he slides into mediocrity and spends the rest of his career playing for a lower-positioned club in Europe.
- Talent is there
The goalkeeper had unarguably significantly improved this season, dethroning Mignolet from the no 1 spot. And it wasn’t just Klopp’s trust which had kept Karius in the squad. The German had been in fine form this season making some brilliant saves notably against Everton, Chelsea and West Brom. Even in the final, Karius looked up to the task before a freakish moment changed the entire game. The German’s situation is a lot similar to Manchester United’s David De Gea, who too endured torrid times in Manchester before coming out of it as the best goalkeeper in the Premier league. Similarly, the Kop will be hopeful that the German can once begin from scratch and become the Reds’ undisputed no 1 for years to come.