Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has fluffed his lines again as the horrors of his performance in the Champions League final linger ahead of the new season.
The German made his second appearance of the pre-season when he was introduced at the half-time break of a 3-2 friendly win over Tranmere Rovers.
After a clean sheet in 45 minutes of action against Chester over the weekend, Karius was brought back to earth on Tuesday in England.
The gloveman failed to catch a free kick shot right at his chest, spilling the ball right to Tranmere’s Jonny Smith for a tap-in goal.
Liverpool fans had hoped the club would buy a new goalkeeper after his howlers in the 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid at the end of May.
But Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who is reportedly convinced Karius’s errors in the final were as a result of concussion, continues to back his 25-year-old No.1.
“You can stop (the criticism) by not asking, promise?” he told journalists at Tranmere.
“Until he has a few fantastic games you cannot change that. Our job is to support Loris. That’s our part of the deal. I saw this situation 500 times in my life: the ball hits his chest but what can you do?”
He’s fooling the world there’s no way he’s a keeper
— Cian Morgan (@CianMorgan3) July 10, 2018
Alike many others I have wanted Karius to succeed at Liverpool, however the mistake he made against Tranmere yesterday has typified how the CL final has affected him, and more importantly that Liverpool desperately need a new goalkeeper.#LFC #Karius
— Red Roundup (@LerpwlT) July 10, 2018
If we don't upgrade, Karius is just going to be this season's Lovren/Moreno, but even worse I bet.
No matter what he does, whatever the context, he's going to receive disproportionate abuse/criticism.
Already getting lynched over a bloody preseason mistake ffs.
— Rex🇯🇵レックス (@ThatRexGuy) July 10, 2018
Karius has major concentration issues, lack of confidence and THAT night in Kiev on his mind. Time to cut our loses. A new GK needed before a Fekir type signing.
— Ste (@StePlunk) July 10, 2018
Part of me just feels bad for Karius. Can’t see it ending well for anyone if he stays
— Sabah (@Sabah07) July 10, 2018
I will never waver in my belief that Karius is a very good keeper, but today made it evident that he’s struggling mentally to recover from Kiev. As sad as it is to say he’s clearly nailed his own coffin today
— Jez 🤙🏻 (@Sadiosaurus) July 10, 2018