Kar­ius in need of care

Daily Star - - PREMIER LEAGUE -

EX­CLU­SIVE by DAVID WOODS JUR­GEN KLOPP has been urged to keep a close eye on keeper Loris Kar­ius.

Kar­ius’ howlers cost Liver­pool two goals in Satur­day’s 3-1 Cham­pi­ons League Fi­nal de­feat to Real Madrid in Kiev.

The Ger­man was in tears at the fi­nal whis­tle as he apol­o­gised to fans, but was ridiculed and re­ceived death threats in the af­ter­math.

Now for­mer West Ham and Charl­ton striker Kevin Ge­orge, who has pub­lished a book about play­ers’ men­tal health is­sues, says the crushed keeper needs to be closely mon­i­tored.

“Space is im­por­tant but Klopp go­ing to see him to check-in would be pow­er­ful,” said Ge­orge.

“Re­as­sur­ance in these times goes a long way and Klopp fly­ing to wher­ever Kar­ius will be will help him to progress through this tough time.

“It is some­thing man­agers of­ten do to ini­tially sign the player. This type of man-man­age­ment isn’t in the coach­ing man­ual, but is more pow­er­ful than lots of the other bits of in­for­ma­tion that is in there.

“Kar­ius’ re­ac­tion was one of re­morse and looked like a plea for for­give­ness.” ¬ÊUEFA’s Con­trol, Ethics and Dis­ci­plinary Body will meet to­day to con­sider Liver­pool’s pun­ish­ment fol­low­ing stormy scenes on two An­field Cham­pi­ons League nights against Manch­ester City and Roma.

CARRY ON: Wag­ner cel­e­brates af­ter the Ter­ri­ers’ fi­nal home game against Ar­se­nal and (inset) cel­e­brat­ing the draw that kept them up at Chelsea ¬Ê‘Soc­col­ogy: In­side The Hearts and Minds of Pro­fes­sion­als on the Pitch’ is out to­day and priced £17.99.

TOUGH TIME: Kar­ius

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