Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he couldn’t find the right words to comfort Loris Karius in the direct aftermath of his nightmare performance in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
Karius made two major errors as Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real in May, with Gareth Bale hitting a brace and Karim Benzema also getting on the scoresheet.
The German goalkeeper was visibly distraught following the game and Klopp admitted that he found it difficult to deal with the situation.
Klopp told Sport 1: ‘I am a strong supporter of the idea of just shutting up if you don’t have the right words.
‘And other than a few comforting words I did not have the right words. I did not have a clue what you could say.’
Klopp eventually managed to resolve the situation with Karius, with the pair holding discussions after the event.
Klopp said: ‘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.’
Despite Klopp supporting Karius following the game, the goalkeeper is set to leave Liverpool by joining Besiktas on a two-year loan deal.
The arrival of Alisson from Roma pushed Karius, who made further mistakes during pre-season, down the pecking order at Liverpool.
Having joined Liverpool from Mainz in 2016, Karius proceeded to make 49 appearances for the Reds across all competitions.
If, as expected, Karius does make the switch to Besiktas, he will hope to get his career back on track and try and move on from those high-profile errors.