Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has plenty of sympathy for goalkeeper Loris Karius after his two errors during the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
The Reds were under pressure in the first half having lost Mohamed Salah to injury after he landed awkwardly on his shoulder after a challenge from Sergio Ramos.
Karius made his first mistake at the start of the second half as he tried to roll the ball out.
Karim Benzema nipped in to score before Sadio Mane equalised for Klopp’s men.
A breathtaking strike from Gareth Bale put Madrid back in front, with his overhead kick being described as one of the best ever goals in the Champions League.
However, Karius was then at fault as he spilled a Bale shot to ensure Madrid won 3-1.
Klopp insists his team failed to take their chance in the final in Kiev but he refused to put all the blame on Karius.
“The second mistake is because of the first. It’s really difficult to get rid of the bad thoughts in your mind,” he said.
“Loris knows it, everybody knows it. That is a shame in a game like this, in a season like this. I feel for him. He is a fantastic boy. Gareth Bale’s bicycle kick was unbelievable.
“We did what we could and the boys tried everything but it was not the best script for us.
“Everything was great until tonight. You go to the final to win it. It was a proper chance for us and we did not take it.”