Liverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has insisted they still don’t blame Loris Karius for his display in the 2018 Champions League final.
Karius moved to Liverpool from Mainz in a £5.58m deal in July 2016 as Jurgen Klopp sought out a new number one to replace Simon Mignolet.
There were high hopes for the German goalkeeper before his arrival, but they soon turned sour, with a series of disappointing performances making it clear he was not the man that Liverpool needed between the sticks.
The real low point came in the 2018 Champions League final against Real Madrid, in which Karius was very much the culprit of the eventual 3-1 defeat.
Karius initially started the game strongly, but disaster struck in the 50th minute when he inexplicably threw a clearance straight at Karim Benzema, who reacted quickly to put the ball into an empty net and hand his side the lead.
Liverpool struck back through Sadio Mane, but a wonderful overhead kick from Gareth Bale put the Spaniards in the lead before another howler from Karius handed Bale a second and Madrid the win.
Karius has not played for Liverpool since after being replaced by Alisson Becker, but Achterberg insists they didn’t blame him after that game.
“You hope that your goalkeepers make as few mistakes as possible,” he told AD.
“Karius making a mistake in the final against Real Madrid? You win together, and you lose together. It can make or break a career, but I can’t say anything negative about him.
“No, not even in my book. Like I said, it’s not that kind of book. People should buy other books for that.
“In my book, Klopp talks about how we work together. And how it is to work every day at perhaps the biggest club on earth.”