Paul Scholes: Liverpool will be desperate for a new goalkeeper
The German keeper endured a final to forget.
Jurgen Klopp will be “desperate” to recruit a new Liverpool number one following Loris Karius’ Champions League final horror show, according to Paul Scholes.
Reds goalkeeper Karius gifted Real Madrid European glory with two costly errors during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat in Kiev.
Former midfielder Scholes won the competition twice as a Manchester United player, with the safe hands of Peter Schmeichel behind him in 1999 and Edwin van der Sar in 2008.
The 43-year-old believes teams need top-class keepers to lift trophies and expects Reds manager Klopp to act swiftly following Karius’ nightmare display.
“I think Liverpool know that they needed to strengthen the goalkeeping position anyway. I think they’ve know that for quite some time,” said Scholes speaking at an official UEFA Champions League Final viewing party at London’s Sky Garden.
“Will this speed up the process? You’d have to think so. I think they’ll be desperate for a goalkeeper.
“I know he (Klopp) has shown faith in Karius but I don’t think he’s of the quality needed if you’re going to win the Champions League, if you’re going to win a Premier League.
“We always found in our teams, we needed a top goalkeeper, there’s no doubt about that, and I think Liverpool are the same.”
German Karius allowed Karim Benzema to open the scoring in bizarre fashion following an attempted roll-out, before Gareth Bale’s long-range shot squirmed through his grasp to seal Real’s win.
Sadio Mane had briefly levelled for Liverpool before substitute Bale restored the Spanish club’s lead with an outrageous overhead kick.
Karius’ disastrous evening left him in tears at the full-time whistle as Real retained the trophy for a third successive season.
Crying became a theme of the final with Reds top scorer Mohamed Salah and Real defender Dani Carvajal each having already left the pitch visibly upset following first-half injuries which could rule them out of the World Cup.
Scholes thinks the outpouring of emotion shows modern footballers are “sensitive” and “get upset easily”.
“I can understand Karius, I suppose, he’s devastated at what’s happened but injuries are part of the game,” he added.
“If you go back years and you saw somebody crying on the pitch, they’d have had a whole load of stick for it.
“Now it’s a different game, players are sensitive and they get upset easily.”
Scholes famously missed the 1999 final against Bayern Munich due to suspension during United’s memorable treble-winning season.
Asked if he was close to tears when he collected the yellow card which ruled him out of the game at the Nou Camp, Scholes responded: “No. What’s crying going to do?
“It’s not going to make the booking go away. Obviously I was disappointed but close to tears? No.
“I don’t think I have (cried on a pitch). Maybe when I was 11 or 12 and we lost the cup final or something.”
Liverpool made a strong start to the final as they went in search of a sixth European triumph but their hopes suffered a severe blow when Salah was forced off after landing on his shoulder with 26 minutes played.
Reds manager Klopp admitted the Egypt international, who has scored 44 goals in his debut season at Anfield, is now a major doubt for the World Cup, which begins in just under three weeks.
Scholes felt the injury was a critical moment in the contest.
“It seemed to affect everybody, the crowd looked to be a little bit disheartened by it, the rest of the Liverpool players seemed a little bit disheartened,” added Scholes.
“And I thought it was the major turning point in the game. You could see in the first half, they (Real) feared the threat of Salah.”
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