Former Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence says Loris Karius will have to live with his mistakes “for the rest of his life” as the fall-out to the Reds’ controversial Champions League defeat to Real Madrid continues.
Karius made two high-profile blunders which effectively cost his side any chance of claiming a sixth European crown, with Clemence having kept goal for Liverpool’s first three between 1977 and 1981.
Meanwhile, opinion continues to be split on Sergio Ramos’s challenge on Mo Salah just past the half-hour mark which dislocated the Egyptian striker’s shoulder – with former Liverpool boss Roy Evans calling the move “vindictive”.
But it is Karius who will carry most of the burden for the 3-1 loss with Clemence telling BBC Radio Five Live’s ‘Sportsweek’: “He’s made two horrendous errors at vital times in the game and he has to live with that.
“He’s got the whole summer to think about it and when you make mistakes in massive games like that they will be with you for the rest of your life, because people will remember them and keep reminding you of them.”
Former England winger Chris Waddle, who finished on the losing side in the final with Marseille in 1991, indicated that he feared Karius’s Liverpool career could now be over.
Waddle told BBC Radio Five Live: “The problem is now it’s the end of the season so he won’t be around for the next three or four weeks but then he’s got to come back to Liverpool and that’s when it starts.
“Liverpool fans are going to look at it and they probably think if Liverpool are going to go up a level they need a top goalkeeper. For him to run out on the first day of the season after the mistakes he’s made is going to be so hard for him.”
Waddle joined a number of former professionals, including Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard, in absolving Ramos of responsibility for the injury to Salah, which is set to rule the striker of the World Cup.
“He (Ramos) played the ball away and thought, ‘well, I’m falling down, and you’re coming with me’,” said Waddle. “Yes, he did pull him to the floor slightly, but it was a freak accident.”
But that view was not shared by Evans, who said Ramos should not have been allowed to stay on the pitch after the incident.
Evans said: “It looked vindictive to me and it should have been a red card – and if that had happened who knows where it (the game) would have gone from there.”
Karius will benefit from the post-season break as he seeks to come to terms with his errors, according to leading psychologist Professor Cary Cooper.
Cooper, professor of psychology and health at Manchester Business School, said: “The only way he can get over this is by putting it behind him and carrying on.
“He made a couple of big mistakes but he has got to see that as irrelevant now, otherwise his career’s over.
“It is all about the bounce-back factor. The really successful people in sport as in business are the ones with the biggest bounce-back factor, because everybody makes mistakes along the way.
“I’m not saying this won’t adversely affect his self-confidence for a little while, but he is fortunate there is a gap now before he has to play again, and he can come back with a clean slate.”