Karius apologises to 'unbelievable' Liverpool fans after Champions League final blunders

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The hapless goalkeeper admitted he endured a sleepless night after his errors handed goals to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in Kiev

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has issued an apology to his team-mates and the club's fans after making two costly errors in Saturday's Champions League final defeat

With the game poised at 0-0 in the second half, Karius inexplicably threw the ball to Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to allow the Blancos to take the lead in Kiev. 

And while he could do nothing to stop Gareth Bale retaking the initiative with a stunning overhead kick, the German will also be unhappy at letting a tame shot from the substitute slip through his fingers to make it 3-1 on the night. 

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Karius was visibly distraught after the final whistle, and he admitted that the errors had played on his mind as he begged the Reds' faithful for forgiveness. 

"Haven’t really slept until now... the scenes are still running through my head again and again... I'm infinitely sorry to my teammates, for you fans, and for all the staff," Karius said in a series of tweets on Sunday.

"I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down...

"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...

"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."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and club captain Jordan Henderson rallied to Karius' defence after the game, while Dejan Lovren insisted, "we win together, we lose together."

Italian side Napoli also sympathised with the beleaguered shot-stopper, telling him "don't cry" on the social media website and maintaining that "anyone can have an off-night."

Victory for Real meant that the Spanish side completed a famous third consecutive Champions League victory, a feat last achieved under the old European Cup format by Bayern Munich more than 40 years ago. 

Liverpool, meanwhile, will try to go one better in next season's competition after missing out on the title they last lifted under the management of Rafa Benitez in 2004-5.

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