sport news Loris Karius' Liverpool career was all-but ended by Real Madrid in 2018 ... trends now

sport news Loris Karius' Liverpool career was all-but ended by Real Madrid in 2018 ... trends now
sport news Loris Karius' Liverpool career was all-but ended by Real Madrid in 2018 ... trends now

sport news Loris Karius' Liverpool career was all-but ended by Real Madrid in 2018 ... trends now

It would be rather poignant for Loris Karius to bring the curtain down on his Liverpool career by watching his team-mates exorcise the demons of 2018.

He won't get to exorcise his own, unfortunately. Not since 2018, and that fateful night in Kyiv, has 28-year-old Karis pulled on a Liverpool shirt for a competitive match. 

Jurgen Klopp cut his losses and spent £67million on Alisson Becker. Liverpool's future would have no space for a confidence-shy Karius. 

Those 90 minutes in Kyiv, in which he was culpable for two of Real Madrid's three goals, humiliated him with the world watching. Liverpool picked themselves up and moved on without him, putting his career in the limbo it remains today. 

And yet here he is, still at the club after two miserable loan spells in Turkey and Germany, the fifth choice goalkeeper behind Alisson, Caoimhin Kelleher, Adrian and 19-year-old Marcelo Pitaluga, no appearance in four years and no prospect at all of that changing. 

Loris Karius was inconsolable after two mistakes for Liverpool in 2018 Champions League final

Loris Karius was inconsolable after two mistakes for Liverpool in 2018 Champions League final

Despite not playing for Liverpool in four years, he (left) is still at the club until his deal expires

Despite not playing for Liverpool in four years, he (left) is still at the club until his deal expires

2018 LIVERPOOL XI vs REAL MADRID IN KYIV

Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane 

*bold denotes no longer at the club 

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What must Karius be thinking this week in the build-up to a final that last played out with his error-strewn display as the biggest headline? 

The replays are likely excruciating and the memories still tinged with sadness. What he would likely give to change the narrative between the sticks at Paris' Stade de France on Saturday night.

'It's revenge time,' his team-mate Mohamed Salah said on stage after winning the Football Writers' Award for Player of the Season earlier this month.

'They beat us in the final last time. It was a very sad day for all of us, so yeah. I said I wanted to play them in the final. 

'I'm sure it's going to be a tough game. They beat a lot of good teams but I'm excited. The team is excited. We need to stay focused. We have to finish the league first, then we will see.'

It was a sad day for Salah, forced off injured in the early exchanges after a cynical foul on the part of Sergio Ramos. 

But nobody cried quite like Karius that night in a performance that essentially ended his Liverpool career. 

A free agent come June, Karius will then officially clear out his locker. But the German hasn't been a factor outside of Liverpool's weight room in four years. 

'Loris Karius the player, who is doing absolutely nothing wrong, who is in a really good shape, who is training very hard,' boss Jurgen Klopp said back in January, after Karius failed to secure a move away.

'He is committed, the goalie coaches are fully committed, that's clear.'

With Liverpool chasing the 2018 final down 2-1, Karis looked to punch a routine shot on goal

With Liverpool chasing the 2018 final down 2-1, Karis looked to punch a routine shot on goal

Gareth Bale's shot from 30 yards was knocked in by Karius (top) leaving him aghast on the floor

Gareth Bale's shot from 30 yards was knocked in by Karius (top) leaving him aghast on the floor

First Besiktas in Turkey took a look, signing off on a two-year loan, only to cancel that prematurely due to a pay dispute.

Then a return to Germany beckoned with Union Berlin. Karius talked up the move but made just four Bundesliga appearances. He was no more than the tiniest of footnotes in their season.

Karius arrived from Klopp's former club Mainz back in 2016 for a fee close to £6m.

Competing with Belgian stopper Simon Mignolet, there remained a sense of unease on Merseyside that neither was able to command the position as their own. 

They jostled and jockeyed and come the Champions League final in Kyiv it was Karius who was given the nod, making his 49th competitive appearance for Liverpool. 

The 2018 final passed largely without incident in the opening 45 minutes away from the injury to Salah.

Karius made one close-range parry to stop a Cristiano Ronaldo header, which was tapped in by Karim Benzema, as the flag was raised for offside. 

But five minutes after the restart, disaster struck. 

Toni Kroos clips a through ball over the top of Liverpool's defence to try and play in a surging Benzema. 

The ball is long, way too long, and drifts into Karius' area, allowing him to collect unchallenged. 

Earlier in the game, Karius (left) gifted Karim Benzema (right) the opening goal by rolling it out

 Earlier in the game, Karius (left) gifted Karim Benzema (right) the opening goal by rolling it out

His throw to Dejan Lovren was blocked and knocked in by Benzema to put Liverpool behind

His throw to Dejan Lovren was blocked and knocked in by Benzema to put Liverpool behind

LORIS KARIUS ON CRITICISM IN 2016 

'I think sometimes people think we are like robots because we get paid good or whatever,' he said. 'They think we have no emotions or feelings, that we can never have a bad day.

'That's not how it works, we are still humans. We make mistakes. We have better days, worse days. The fact we get paid well doesn't really change that.

'It's always good to have support from the fans. It really helps the players. And it's right that they expect much.

'But sometimes I am not sure if everyone understands the whole package of professional football and what we have to deal with. Of course we enjoy playing football every day. It is the dream job. But it can be hard so it has both

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