What a mistake from Karius as his throw gets blocked by Benzema and ends up in the back of the net! pic.twitter.com/F5KsQ8ts1Y— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 26, 2018
Karius AGAIN with the mistake in net!
This time he gifts Gareth Bale his second goal of the night, putting Real Madrid up 3-1. pic.twitter.com/iZEA7RnZMr— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 26, 2018
The last 10 minutes were a mere formality as Real Madrid played out the clock, leaving Karius to agonize over what had just happened in a crazy second half. The 24-year-old German was in tears on the ground after the game, his 13th start of his first season in the Champions League.
Karius apologized to the Liverpool fans, saying he lost the game.
"I feel sorry for everyone," he talkSPORT. "I'm sorry for everyone, for the team, for the whole club. The mistakes cost us dearly. If I could go back in time I would. I just feel sorry for my team. I know I let them down today."
Karius took over for Belgian Simon Mignolet in his second season at Anfield after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp brought him from Mainz, the German club at which Klopp spent his entire playing career and started his coaching career.
The Liverpool manager said Karius will have to deal with the consequences.
"It's a shame in a game like this and after a season like this," he said at the post-game press conference. "I really feel for him; he's a fantastic boy. Nobody wants that, [but] that's the situation. The mistakes were obvious, we don't have to talk about that, it's all clear; he knows it, I know it, you all know it. Now, he has to deal with it, we have to deal with, we will do that, of course, we will be with him, there's no doubt about that. It was not his night, obviously."
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson came to Karius' defense.
"It is not the mistakes Loris Karius made," the Englishman said. "We got to the final as a team and lose as a team. It is about everybody. We were not good enough on the night, and I am so proud of the players and the fans who came out for us on the night."
If there was a small consolation for Karius, it was that the game was won on a goal by Bale being called the greatest in the history of the Champions League and in time it might be remembered for its wonder goal, not the two blunder goals.
May 26 in Kiev
Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1. Goals: Benzema 51, Bale 64, 83; Mane 55.
Real Madrid -- Navas; Carvajal (Nacho 37), Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco (Bale 61); Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.
Liverpool -- Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner; Mane, Salah (Lallana 30), Firmino.