Didi Hamann was less than impressed with Loris Karius’ behaviour after Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat on Saturday night.
The German goalkeeper tearfully apologised to the travelling fans in the stadium after two catastrophic errors had a huge say in Real’s 3-1 win – and while the 24-year-old was praised in some quarters for fronting up and saying sorry to the crowd, but Hamann took an altogether more dim view of his compatriot’s reaction.
The former Liverpool midfielder, who can now be seen regularly on Irish screens as a member of RTE Sport’s punditry team, told Sport Bild that he felt that Karius’ emotional plea for forgiveness was highly unnecessary – and suggested that the stopper should concentrate more on his performances and less on his ego:
“My sympathy with Karius is limited. We don’t have to discuss that he decided the final with his two mistakes. Something like that can also happen to a professional footballer. But what I didn’t like was his behaviour afterwards.
“To publicly show his suffering after the final whistle was just as unnecessary as his tearful asking for forgiveness from the Reds fans.
“Liverpool fans forgive their stars just as well as any other, the anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is part of life out at the club. With one exception: when your ego doesn’t match your performance. Karius drives through Liverpool with the personalised number plates ‘LK1’ and makes waves in the city whenever he steps out.
“That is something Cristiano Ronaldo can pull off in Madrid, because he has won the Champions League five times.
“Someone like Karius has not achieved anything yet in his career and should be happy to have been given the chance by Klopp at a world-class club.”
It remains to be seen how Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will respond to Karius’ high-profile mistakes. The former Mainz man had seen off competition from Simon Mignolet to secure the number one shirt earlier in the season, but his alarming performance in the final may have convinced the boss to investment in a goalkeeper in the summer.