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Klopp defends Karius after latest Liverpool blunder

11 July 2018

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp defended Loris Karius after the embattled goalkeeper's error led to a goal in a pre-season friendly win over Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday.

When Karius made two bad mistakes in the Champions League final, supporters were furious and the last month and a half has been a process of trying to forgive the German even if forgetting is not an option.

Oliver Norwood fired a free-kick at the Liverpool goal, straight at the German goalkeeper.

Klopp said Karius "could" have saved the shot, but that it was "not easy to deal with". "That's the situation - 3-2, nobody injured and everybody had 45 minutes intensity, that's what we wanted".

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That was too much for one Liverpool fan in the Tranmere side to take.

Ben Tollitt, who appears to be a Liverpool supporter, could be seen mouthing an insult at Karius after he dropped the clanger.

On the day of the final, he added: 'Today is the day!

Karius, though, is the man in the spotlight, and given the high-profile nature of his errors in Kiev, that will remain the case for some time yet - something Klopp is well aware of.

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Nobody likes that goal but if we talk about the second goal I think it was Millie's (James Milner's) fault together with (Pedro) Chirivella.

"Two brilliant footballers make this mistake, which one was the bigger?"

While senior figures like Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi have to convince Klopp that they are better value than pursuing a forward in the transfer market.

'You [the media] can all stop that immediately. Our job is to perform and you do what you do and that is part of the deal.

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Klopp defends Karius after latest Liverpool blunder