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Liverpool boss Klopp reflects on 2018 Champions League final defeat: Really harsh for Karius

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reflected on their 2018 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid ahead of tonight’s repeat.

Speaking to BT Sport, Klopp claimed that the Reds had a number of issues going into the game and admitting that it was a “tragic night” for Loris Karius.

“We all agree we played a good final and then this happens,” Klopp said as he was watching Karius’ first mistake of the night.

The German attempted to throw the ball out only for Karim Benzema to stick out a leg and kick the ball home into an empty net.

Klopp added: “In this moment, there was so many things that came together. We had injuries, could not change like we wanted to, players coming back from injuries only shortly before the game and had to change them.

“I think Adam Lallana came on but in a different position so these things aren’t helpful in final.”

Further on Karius, he continued: “And now this one as well. We all know, we don’t have to make this story bigger that was of course a tragic situation 100%.

Loris Karius is a really good boy and that night didn’t help we have to say as everything we do happens in public. The whole world builds an opinion on us constantly, usually it’s not important. If people think about me ‘what an idiot’ or whatever, it’s no problem as I feel fine.

“But if you feel about yourself, God how could I do it, and the world is going for you, that is really harsh and that was the case for Loris.”

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