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'Stay strong, Karius' - Salah offers support to under-fire Liverpool goalkeeper

14:00 BST 23/07/2018
Loris Karius Liverpool Champions League final
The German goalkeeper has made numerous high-profile errors, but has been backed by his Egyptian team-mate to recover from them

Mohamed Salah has issued a vote of confidence to under-fire Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.

The 25-year-old made two terrible mistakes in the Champions League final, as the Reds lost 3-1 to Real Madrid, and has endured further errors during pre-season.

Karius fumbled a free-kick against Tranmere Rovers, and also parried Christian Pulisic's shot directly into the path of Jacob Bruun Larsen for Borussia Dortmund's third goal in their 3-1 win over the Reds in the International Champions Cup.

Salah, who enjoyed an incredible season last term, scoring 44 goals, has offered his support to the German, writing a heartfelt message on Twitter.

"Stay strong Karius, it has happened to the best of players," he said. "Ignore those who hate."

Karius has also come out swinging, insisting that his critics love nothing more than seeing him struggle.

"To those who take joy in seeing other people fail or suffer, I feel for you," the 25-year-old said in a message posted on Instagram on Sunday.

"Whatever it is that is happening in your life to hold this much anger and hate, I pray that it passes and good things come to you."

Liverpool have spent £65 million (€73m/$85m), a world-record fee, to bring an end to the uncertainty surrounding their goalkeeper position, acquiring Alisson Becker from Roma.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has also confirmed that Alisson will be the club's No.1 goalkeeper, but he maintains that Karius will be given opportunities to prove his worth.