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Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma offers support to Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius

Mumbai Indian captain Rohit Sharma has spoken of his admiration and respect for Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius after the custodian’s blunders in Champions League final against Real Madrid.

cricket Updated: May 28, 2018 12:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Rohit Sharma has extended his support to Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.
Rohit Sharma has extended his support to Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.(AFP)

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has extended his support to Liverpool’s goalkeeper Loris Karius, whose horrific mistakes against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday, cost the Reds the title.

Karius, gifted Real their opening goal, when he attempted to pass the ball across Karim Benzema trying to start a quick attack, but the French striker stuck his leg out to take the ball into the net.

The German shot stopper was also at fault for Real’s third goal when he fumbled in a speculative long-range effort from Gareth Bale, who had earlier beaten Karius with a sublime bicycle-kick.

Karius was seen lying face down on the pitch after the final whistle. He even apologised to Liverpool fans in the stadium with tears gushing down his face. The 24-year-old also took the blame for the defeat, conceding that he had let his teammates and all the Liverpool fans down.

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Rohit posted a message in support of the distraught footballer with a video that showed Karius walking up to the stand occupied by Liverpool fans and seeking their forgiveness.

Rohit’s message read: “Huge admiration and respect for #LorisKarius and his brave gesture to the Liverpool fans after his error in yesterday’s game. Everyone makes mistakes but to accept it the way he did takes courage. This is what sport is and what it brings out 👏 ✊ #UCLfinal”

Liverpool finished their season without any silverware after their final loss to Real Madrid which was also marred by an injury to the Reds in-form Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah.

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Rohit’s domestic season was also without success after three-time champions Mumbai Indians failed to make the Indian Premier League play-off spots after a definitive loss to lowly Delhi Daredevils in their last game.

First Published: May 28, 2018 12:00 IST