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Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius offered support by Everton legend Neville Southall

The blue half of Merseyside might have enjoyed the demise of their bitter rivals but the iconic Welsh keeper is different

Loris Karius has been offered support by Everton legend Neville Southall.

The Liverpool goalkeeper’s errors in Saturday’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid might have been loved by some Toffees fans.

Loris Karius was inconsolable after the final whistle

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Loris Karius was inconsolable after the final whistle

But Southall – who spent 17 years at Goodison and won almost 100 Wales caps – used his much-loved Twitter account to reach out to the 24-year-old.


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The caring 59-year-old said: “Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it.

“Stay strong. Believe in yourself. Goalkeepers Union.”

The devastated German keeper was left to deal with the agony alone on the Kiev pitch as team-mates appeared to shun him after the final whistle.

Loris Karius was in tears after costing his side the Champions League

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Loris Karius was in tears after costing his side the Champions League

Karius endured a nightmare during the Champions League final when he was found wanting for two of Real Madrids goals

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Karius endured a nightmare during the Champions League final when he was found wanting for two of Real Madrids goals

Loris Karius apologised to ‘everyone’ for his nightmare performance between the sticks

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Loris Karius apologised to ‘everyone’ for his nightmare performance between the sticks

And he took to Twitter to apologise to all the Kop fans who felt he had cost them Europe’s top club competition.

He wrote: “Haven’t really slept until now… the scenes are still running through my head again and again.

“I’m infinitely sorry to my team-mates, for you fans, and for all the staff. I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down…


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“As I said I’d just like to turn back the time but that’s not possible.

“It’s even worse as we all felt that we could have beaten Real Madrid and we were in the game for a long time.

Gareth Bale was one of the first to console Loris Karius

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Gareth Bale was one of the first to console Loris Karius

Loris Karius wipes away tears as the magnitude of his mistakes starts to sink in

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Loris Karius wipes away tears as the magnitude of his mistakes starts to sink in

Neville Southal was a titan in goal for Everton

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Neville Southal was a titan in goal for Everton

“Thank you to our unbelievable fans who came to Kiev and held my back, even after the game.

“I don’t take that for granted and once again it showed me what a big family we are.

“Thank you and we will come back stronger.”

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