This is becoming tough to watch.
Being a goalkeeper is a thankless task. A lot of good work goes unnoticed, and given that your mistakes are magnified to absurd degrees, it only takes one to have the world heap scorn on you.
Unfortunately for Liverpool’s Loris Karius, his howler against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday night was his third since that fateful night in Ukraine that we will not mention further.
A clanger while warming up for a game against Chester indicated that the pre-season would not herald a new start for the German. This was followed by a disastrous attempt at holding onto the ball against Tranmere Rovers.
Funnily enough, Liverpool would then go on to break the transfer record for a goalkeeper, bringing aboard Alisson from Roma.
Now in Champions Cup action against Borussia Dortmund, the 25-year-old almost gifted the Bundesliga side an early goal in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Doing his best Manuel Neuer sweeping impression, Karius cleared the ball along the ground into the path of Jadon Sancho. Luckily for Karius, the Englishman’s shot went wide as the hapless ‘keeper hurried after it.
Glad to see Loris Karius is in mid season form pic.twitter.com/RYn4TqD7Ch
— Ned Zeppelin (@DrKevinLynch) July 22, 2018
— Back Stick (@Bobbys_chompers) July 22, 2018
Karius needs time out the side. Confidence is at rock bottom. This won’t be doing him any good – heads completely gone.
— Oliver Bond (@Oliver__Bond) July 22, 2018
Much of the reaction hasn’t focused on the comedy factor – moreso the reality that Karius is still mentally shot from the Champions League final catastrophe – concussion or no concussion.
The match is now 1-1 deep into the second half, with a Virgil van Dijk header cancelled out by a Christian Pulisic penalty.