Loris Karius has fired back at his haters after another difficult night for Liverpool.
The goalkeeper produced another error as he was given the nod to play between the sticks in the 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Sunday night.
Karius will lose his No.1 spot to Alisson Becker when the Brazilian arrives following his post-World Cup holiday.
But the German has done nothing to help his stature with Liverpool fans when he palmed a weak Christian Pulisic effort in the direction of Jacon Bruun Larsen, who was able to turn the ball into an open net for Dortmund’s third goal.
Karius was subsequently on the end of further abuse on social media, which first began following May’s Champions League final.
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His howlers against Real Madrid cost the Reds two of the three goals they conceded that night.
But Karius has now hit back at those who have criticised him – suggesting he is struggling with confidence at present.
“To those who take joy in seeing other people fail or suffer, I feel for you,” he wrote on his Instagram story.
“Whatever it is that’s happening in your life to hold this much anger and hate, I pray that it passes and good things come to you.”
Ahead of the friendly with Dortmund, Karius was told by manager Jurgen Klopp that he still has a role to play at Anfield – but admitted that he would not be the starting stopper.
“Obviously Alisson is a world-class goalkeeper, so we’re not going to say ‘let’s have a look’,” said Klopp. “He will play, of course.
“He is the No.1 for Brazil and then there is the fee. When Alisson is ready, he will be in our goal.
“We all need to help him so he can perform as good as possible. That is maybe the only difference.
“But for that to happen we need a strong squad around him and Loris is an outstanding goalkeeper. That’s the truth. Nothing else.
“My job, together with Michael Edwards and Mike Gordon, is to bring the best players who are available for Liverpool – if they fit in.
“That’s what we have tried to do. Then my job is to work with these boys and give them this kind of shape that they can really work together in the best possible way.”
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