Georginio Wijnaldum reveals why Liverpool players didn’t console Loris Karius after Real Madrid defeat

Karius joined the Reds from Mainz in 2016 (Picture: Getty)Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed that Liverpool players didn’t immediately console goalkeeper Loris Karius after the Champions League final whistle to ensure they didn’t upset him even more.

Karis made two blunders in the Reds’ 3-1 final defeat to Real Madrid which ultimately played a huge part in the La Liga side claiming the European trophy for a third season in a row.

The 24-year-old keeper was pictured crying after the 90 minutes was up, and not every player headed in Karius’ direction to console him after a costly performance.

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‘I didn’t say anything because a lot of people already went to him and sometimes you don’t like it when too many people come,’ Wijnaldum said.

‘It’s not the ending we wanted for our Champions League campaign but sometimes these things happen in football.

‘It is hugely frustrating and we can’t change it.

‘It is always difficult to say what we can do, it depends on so many different things as to how we do next season.

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‘I have confidence. We have learned a lot this season, we learned a lot the season before so hopefully we can achieve great things.’

Karius has represented Germany at every youth level up until the Under 21s, but he was not selected for the nation’s World Cup preliminary squad.

Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Kevin Trapp all preferred by Germany manager Joachim Löw.

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Liverpool fans claim Sergio Ramos ‘practiced’ arm grapple on Mohamed Salah a year ago

It’s not the first time the Real Madrid defender has committed the same foul (Picture: Getty)Sergio Ramos has been accused of ‘practising’ the arm grapple foul on Mohamed Salah that has put the Liverpool star’s World Cup dream in jeopardy in last year’s Champions League final.

The Egyptian – who scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, second only to Lionel Messi across Europe – was forced off after half-an-hour in Kiev on Saturday after being hauled to the ground by Ramos, injuring his shoulder.

Real quickly grabbed control of the final after Salah went off, eventually winning 3-1 to claim their third straight European title.

The Egyptian FA hope Salah will be back in between 10 days to three weeks (Picture: Getty)Ramos was a menace throughout Saturday’s match, also elbowing Loris Karius just moments before his first error, while he also feigned injury as Real looked to see out the victory.

Some fans – and former players too, such as ex Spurs striker Mido – felt the Spanish defender had deliberately and dangerously locked arms with Ramos, and now they have unearthed footage showing him use the same ‘technique’ before.

A year ago, in Real’s victorious Champions League final against Juventus, Ramos pulled Dani Alves down in virtually identical fashion, locking arms before landing on the Brazilian.

Fortunately for Alves – and unlike Salah – the then Juve defender managed to wrestle free his arm and avoided serious injury, though Ramos was nevertheless booked for his challenge.

Ramos faced off against Alves in last year’s Champions League final (Picture: Getty)Incredibly, even the European Judo Union weighed in on Ramos’ tackle on Salah and confirmed that the Waka-gatame arm lock, when used in unison with a throw, is an illegal move in the sport due to how dangerous it is.

Waki-gatame is a dangerous technique. That’s why it is not allowed in Judo to use for transition to ne-waza. What do you think about this foul yesterday evening in the #UCLFinal between #RMALIV? pic.twitter.com/mHmADyG7LB
— European Judo Union (@europeanjudo) May 27, 2018

Some fans of both Liverpool and Egypt are so annoyed that they set up a petition on change.org to punish Ramos for ‘intentionally’ hurting Salah; as of midday on Monday, it has over 330,000 signatures.

Ramos briefly touched on the controversy in a Twitter message to Salah, wishing him a speedy recovery: ‘Sometimes football shows you its good side and other times the bad. Above all, we are fellow pros. Get well soon Mo Salah.’

@nealcol @SergioRamos @MoSalah @MirrorDarren @LFC @Pharaohs @natespaulse Meaning Ramos had proper practice…. He h… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…— siyabonga___Ras (@siyabon40331590) May 28, 2018

@Tahrirawi @LFC @MoSalah @ChampionsLeague Practice makes perfect. Ramos is a pro now— 지 츄 (@jisoo_1995) May 28, 2018

An MMA fighting analyst dissects Ramos’s “takedown” on Salah. Far too many aspects of it are deliberate for my liking.
Can’t do anything about it now, but just goes to show what kind of a man he is. pic.twitter.com/8r2cBCOWuG
— LFC Podcasting Couch (@PodcastingCouch) May 27, 2018

@meshraw2010 @europeanjudo @LFC @MoSalah @ChampionsLeague That’s great clip showing it’s a technic Ramos practice o… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…— Chee Loon (@loonwhistling) May 27, 2018

Some say it wasn’t a purposeful foul on Sallah. From this angle and from everything I’ve seen. I think Ramos has rehearsed that move. I think he’s practiced exactly how to get the job done on Mo. pic.twitter.com/7b0nKbQ4IU
— Rick Houghton (@Hortini) May 27, 2018

You’re absolutely mad if you think Sergio Ramos didn’t mean to injure Salah, but you’re just as mad if you don’t want a nasty win at all cost shit house like him in your team.
— Josh Woogs (@JoshWoogs) May 28, 2018

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When are the 2018-19 football fixtures announced for the Premier League and Football League?

Manchester City will go into next season as the Premier League champions (Picture: Getty)With the Champions League now over, domestic football is at an end for the season, but it will not be long until it all starts again for the next campaign.

We have a World Cup to enjoy over the summer and the usual chaos of the transfer window before getting back to the business of the regular season in August.

The fixtures for next season are released well in advance so fans have plenty of time to get their travel plans ready.

Here is everything you need to know about next season’s fixtures…

Unai Emery takes charge of Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty Images)When are Premier League fixtures announced for the 2018/19 season?

The fixtures come out on Thursday, 14 June.

When does the Premier League season start?

The season starts on the weekend of 11/12 August 2018.

Fulham return to the Premier League after winning the Championship play-offs (Picture: Getty Images)When are the Football League fixtures announced?

EFL fixtures come out a bit later, on Thursday, 21 June.

When does the EFL season start?

The Football League season gets underway on 4 August.

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When is the World Cup?

The World Cup in Russia starts on Thursday, 14 June and the final is played on Sunday, 15 July.

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Stan Collymore tells Liverpool to bid £150m for Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli

Alli and Eriksen have been key to Tottenham’s recent success.Liverpool should launch a £150m move for Tottenham Hotspur trio Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli, according to former striker Stan Collymore.

Jurgen Klopp has yet to acquire a replacement for Philippe Coutinho and is already being linked with signing a new goalkeeper after Loris Karius’ mistakes led to the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

Despite suffering their third major final defeat under Klopp’s tutelage, Collymore feels Liverpool must build on an otherwise encouraging season to prevent Manchester City and Manchester United extending their advantage.

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‘Liverpool’s owners need to use the Champions League Final as a platform to build a squad that is capable of standing squarely toe-to-toe with those being ­assembled in Manchester,’ he told The Mirror.

‘The first XI put together by the ­affable German has shown that, on its day, it can compete with the very best.

‘But, for all of their promise in the second half of this season, Liverpool do not have the strength in depth of their two great rivals.

Alderweireld is available for £25m next summer and has two years remaining on his current deal.‘If the Reds are to close the gap, they need genuine A-listers as back-up.

‘I am talking about wandering into White Hart Lane, plonking £150m on the table in front of Daniel Levy and saying: “I’ll give you that for Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli.”’

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Naby Keita is due to become Liverpool’s first summer signing when he completes his switch from RB Leipzig, having reached an agreement to move to Anfield last year.

A new face in goal is likely to follow after Karius’ night to forget in Kiev.

Roma stopper Alisson Becker and Stoke City’s Jack Butland are among the contenders to fill the position, with Karius’ future looking bleak after his mistakes gifted Real their third successive Champions League triumph.

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How Mohamed Salah could hamper Liverpool’s hopes of signing goalkeeper Alisson

Roma are still smarting from the cut-price sale of Salah last season (Picture: Getty)Liverpool’s hopes of signing Roma goalkeeper Alisson have been complicated by their fractious relationship with the Italian side after last summer’s pursuit of Mohamed Salah, according to reports.

The defeated Champions League finalists have made signing a new shot-stopper their top priority this summer, with a new keeper already on the agenda even before Loris Karius’ mistakes against Real Madrid.

Brazil international Alisson, who is ahead of Manchester City star Ederson in the national team pecking order, has been earmarked by Liverpool as the man they want.

Brazil and Roma No.1 is Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper target this summer (Picture: Getty)However, The Times report that Roma are still smarting from Liverpool’s bargain purchase of Salah last summer and will force the Reds to pay way above the going rate for Alisson as a result.

Liverpool snapped up Salah – who scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, second only to Lionel Messi in Europe – for just £36.9million as Roma raced to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

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That price tag is now considered a bargain at twice the price, and Roma are prepared to impose a ‘Salah tax’ if Liverpool try to prise away another of their star men – especially after the Egyptian helped dump Roma out of the Champions League.

The Italian side will try to recoup some of the cash they feel they missed out on when they sold Salah on the cheap, and a bid of as much as £80m may be needed to secure a deal.

Salah helped dump Roma out of the Champions League and they’re not happy (Picture: Getty)That figure would make Alisson the most expensive goalkeeper of all time by an enormous margin, with compatriot Ederson’s move to Man City the current benchmark at just £35m.

Liverpool know, however, that a new No.1 goalkeeper is their most pressing issue this summer and will try to negotiate a deal with Roma regardless of their stance, especially as the Italian side once again need to raise funds due to FFP – even if they are determined not to let lightning strike twice.

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini abused by Liverpool fans at Champions League final

Former Everton player Fellaini went to Kiev to watch the final (Picture: Getty)Marouane Fellaini was subjected to a verbal tirade from Liverpool fans as he made his way into Kiev’s Olimpiyskiy stadium for the Champions League final.

The Manchester United midfielder, who could leave the club this summer when his contract expires, travelled to Ukraine to watch Liverpool’s clash with Real Madrid, which the latter won 3-1 thanks to a brace from Gareth Bale.

But as former Evertonian Fellaini made his way into the stadium, he was surrounded by Liverpool fans who chanted ‘you Manc b******’ and other obscenities at him.

People saying “disgusting from lfc fans” when Fellaini arrived at the #UCL final last night……What so you saying you wouldn’t do the same to a Liverpool player?pic.twitter.com/bkCA15J1GJ
— UtdHQ_ (@UtdHQ_) May 27, 2018

Beyond Fellaini’s United ties, he also has an ongoing feud with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, telling Sport/Voetball magazine: ‘How can someone like Carragher lecture me?

‘The guy who spat on a girl from his car after Manchester United versus Liverpool.

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‘You know, the critics help you progress, you end up working more, you want to show them they are wrong.’

A number of Liverpool supporters have criticised the conduct of the small group of fans who tried to intimidate Fellaini, especially in light of Eric Bailly’s message of support to Loris Karius.

The German goalkeeper made two mistakes in the final that ultimately cost Liverpool the Champions League, though he got an unexpected message of support to his emotional post on Instagram.

Bailly saw Karius’ message and replied: ‘Stay strong Loris, you are a good goalkeeper!’

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PornHub legend Mia Khalifa consoles Loris Karius after Champions League final nightmare and says ‘f**k you Sergio Ramos’

Loris Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid’s goals (Picture: Getty)Liverpool star Loris Karius has received a message of support from an unlikely source following his nightmare display against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The German was at fault for two of Real Madrid’s goals in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat against the Spaniards in Kiev on Saturday.

Karius’ poor throw was intercepted by Karim Benzema to give Madrid the lead, while the goalkeeper spilled Gareth Bale’s late strike from distance to confirm Liverpool’s defeat.

The German apologised to Liverpool fans after the game but former porn star Khalifa has consoled the 24-year-old by sending him an Instagram message.

‘Keep smiling,’ said Khalifa.

‘Mistakes are human nature ♥️.

‘#FuckyouRamos @loris21’

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Khalifa, who has 7.2m followers on Instagram, commented on an earlier social media post about Karius that mocked the goalkeeper.

Karius had posted a Twitter post this week saying he has his ‘eyes on the prize’ and Khalifa commented on the follow-up post by saying: ‘Is he the prize? Because….’

Khalifa’s message (Picture: Instagram)Khalifa is a big sports fan and regularly provides a running commentary on her beloved Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals.

The Champions League final swung in Real Madrid’s favour when Mohamed Salah was forced off with a shoulder injury.

The Egyptian was battling with Sergio Ramos for the ball and fell awkwardly when the pair tangled and collided together.

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Manchester United star Eric Bailly sends class message to Liverpool ace Loris Karius after Champions League final disaster

Eric Bailly has sent a class message to Loris Karius (Picture: Getty)Manchester United ace Eric Bailly has told Liverpool star Loris Karius to ‘stay strong’ following his display in the club’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

The German was at fault for Madrid’s first and third goals in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat in Kiev.

Liverpool were bidding for their sixth European Cup but Karius threw the ball against Karim Benzema shortly after the interval and then spilled Gareth Bale’s long-range shot seven minutes from time.

Karius was visibly distraught after the game and followed up his pleas on the pitch with an apology to Liverpool fans on Instagram.

Karius has recieved plenty of support in the football world but Bailly’s become the first from arch rivals Manchester United to back the German.

‘Stay strong Loris,’ commented Bailly.

‘You are a good goalkeeper’

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Unfortunately, Karius and his family were subject to death threats after the defeat in Ukraine.

Merseyside Police say they will investigate the comments and any threatening behaviour on social media.

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Jurgen Klopp makes a new goalkeeper Liverpool’s top transfer priority after Loris Karius howlers

The Reds will make signing a new shot-stopper their main task this summer (Picture: AFP)Liverpool will make signing a new goalkeeper their number one priority after Loris Karius’ mistake-ridden performance in Saturday’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

The German was at fault for two goals in Kiev either side of an outrageous bicycle kick from Gareth Bale, first rolling the ball into the path of Karim Benzema to open the scoring.

Liverpool recovered, however, drawing level, but after Bale’s wonder goal Karius then palmed another fierce effort from the Welshman into his own net to put the result beyond doubt.

Karius was distraught at the full-time whistle after his costly mistakes (Picture: Getty)The Merseysiders have had issues between the sticks for several seasons, with Karius only recently usurping previous No.1 Simon Mignolet, and were expected to try and sign a keeper this summer.

And now the Liverpool Echo have confirmed that, not only will a new goalkeeper be on the agenda when the transfer market opens, but it will be at the very top of Klopp’s shopping list.

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Liverpool have already been linked with the likes of Roma shot-stopper Alisson, Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak and Stoke City keeper Jack Butland.

None of those players will come cheap, with a record transfer for a goalkeeper likely needed to prise them away from their current clubs, but Karius’ performances will have only underlined the need to spend big on their problem position.

Roma’s Brazilian No.1 Alisson is one of the names Liverpool have been linked with (Picture: Getty)Speaking about Karius’ costly errors after the match, Klopp told reporters: ‘The second mistake is because of the first. It’s really difficult to get rid of the bad thoughts in your mind.’

‘Loris knows it, everybody knows it. That is a shame in a game like this, in a season like this. I feel for him. He is a fantastic boy.’

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Mohamed Salah sends message to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

Mohamed Salah has paid tribute to Jose Mourinho (Picture: REX)Liverpool star Mohamed Salah admits he ‘learnt a lot’ from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

The Egyptian faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup after sustaining a shoulder injury in Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

The winger has had a fabulous first season at Anfield, scoring 44 goals since his £34m move from Roma.

Salah spent 18 months under Mourinho at Chelsea before loan spells at Roma and Fiorentina.

Mourinho signed Salah at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)And Salah says he improved at Stamford Bridge, learning ‘a lot’ from Mourinho and Frank Lampard.

‘I learnt a lot from Jose [Mourinho], from the club,’ Salah told ex-team mate Lampard on BT Sport.

‘We would meet each other in Chelsea, and with you[Lampard], you always used to train alone after the training and I saw you do that, I would always come to you and try to improve, and I learned a lot.’

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Salah admits he’s confident of being fit for the World Cup finals, despite time being against him.

‘It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter,’ said Salah.

‘Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud. ‘Your love and support will give me the strength I need.’

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