Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius had a Saturday night to forget after contributing heavily to a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final.
Gifting the Spaniards’ opener after throwing the ball into the path of Karim Benzema, he then failed to deal with a Gareth Bale shot, palming it into the net for the third and fatal goal.
After months of consistent form between the sticks for the Reds, it was a cruel end to the season and hearkened back to periods when the goalkeeper was under pressure on a weekly basis due to mistakes.
No-one was more disappointed with the performance than the shot-stopper himself, visibly emotional at the end of the game and seen trying to apologise to the thousands of travelling supporters.
While there was obvious frustration from Liverpool fans around the world at his display, many have, perhaps surprisingly, taken to social media to offer him support and their backing, believing that he should not be singled out for the errors.
Can he put this mistake behind him? Or is it the beginning of the end of his Liverpool career?
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
I love this #LFC team. Massive performance through the Champions League. Saved our worst game for the final but no shame. Very sorry for Karius. He has to be feeling it worse than anyone.
— Bazz O'Reilly (@BazzOReilly) May 26, 2018
Fellow reds lay off Karius. He's made 2 very costly mistakes but he's also made some very important ones too. Are you really telling me you'd of started with Mignolet? No I didn't think so. #LFC
— Ryan Turner (@ryanturner93) May 26, 2018
Was fuming at Karius but let’s face it, we’ll all move on but he will have to live with it for the rest of his life, they were mistakes. I hope the lad goes on to experience success so that the memories of tonight aren’t what he’s remembered for #LFC #YNWA
— Ste (@hawki100) May 26, 2018
I won't slag karius off, he played in every UCL game that got us to the final, we live and learn, we have a great team we need a great squad. We go again. Roll on next season #LFC
— Sean O'Hara (@EssohLFC) May 26, 2018
People need to lay off Karius
No one is kicking him harder than himself
Bales goals were fantastic
He was at fault for first goal
— Super Roy (@FantasyEagles) May 26, 2018
— Vasu (@vasu12) May 26, 2018
I think #Karius has the potential but not yet ready for this stage #UCLfinal ..Sorry mate…Take heart and be encouraged to bounce back.. You are a professional so be One!#LFC #RealMadridLiverpool #klopp
— Ijishakin O. Jerry (@IjishakinOJerry) May 26, 2018
Feel sorry for Karius, that’s going to live with him forever. Always a scapegoat in a final, keeper errors picked up on more than anything. Needs some good people around him to pick him up. If LFC buy a keeper got big money in the summer, he’s ruined. #LFC
— LiamThomo (@LiamThomo) May 26, 2018