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Mohamed Salah’s message of support to Loris Karius: Ignore those who hate

Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid’s goals when Liverpool were beaten 3-1 in May’s Champions League final.

Mohamed Salah has posted a message of support to his Liverpool team-mate Loris Karius on social media, urging the goalkeeper to “ignore those who hate”.

The Reds’ 3-1 friendly loss to Borussia Dortmund in Charlotte on Sunday saw the Bundesliga side score their final goal when Karius could only parry a Christian Pulisic shot before Jacob Bruun Larsen tapped in.

Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid’s goals when Liverpool were beaten 3-1 in May’s Champions League final, after which it was revealed the 25-year-old German was suffering from concussion.

He also spilled a free-kick, allowing the hosts to score, in Liverpool’s friendly against Tranmere at Prenton Park earlier this month.

Following the game against Dortmund, forward Salah wrote on Twitter: “Stay strong Karius, it has happened to the best of players. Ignore those who hate.@LorisKarius.”

Karius himself had posted a message via an Instagram story after the match which read: “To those who take joy in seeing other people fail or suffer, I feel for you.

“Whatever it is that’s happening in your life to hold this much anger and hate, I pray that it passes and good things come to you.”

(Loris Karius/Instagram)

Liverpool last week paid the highest fee for a goalkeeper in history to sign Alisson from Roma in a deal worth up to £65million.

Karius was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as telling Sky in Germany after the Dortmund match: “Of course that’s not perfect for me, but I cannot say much more about that.

“I do not know that (whether he will leave before the transfer deadline). I cannot say what I’m doing right now, there’s still some time left.”

Early on in the contest in North Carolina, Liverpool’s Joel Matip was forced off with a leg injury and the defender will now return to Merseyside to rehabilitate.

Joel Matip had to come off in the 22nd minute against Borussia Dortmund (Martin Rickett/PA).

The 26-year-old, whose 2017-18 season was cut short by a thigh injury which required surgery, limped off 22 minutes into the International Champions Cup clash at Bank of America Stadium.

Liverpool confirmed on their website that the muscle injury “is not considered to be a long-term concern” but the centre-back will miss the two remaining games in America.

The Reds face Manchester City in New Jersey on Thursday before their clash with Manchester United in Michigan on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp (pictured) saw Christian Pulisic score a brace against his men (Anthony Devlin/PA).

Matip’s last appearance of 2017-18 came in March, with the Cameroon centre-back sustaining a thigh injury against Crystal Palace and subsequently going under the knife.

He made his return to action in Liverpool’s friendly against Bury on July 14 and subsequently played in a game at Blackburn.

Liverpool took the lead against Dortmund three minutes after Matip was replaced by Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk producing a fine header.

Dortmund levelled in the 66th minute as Pulisic converted a penalty after being fouled by James Milner. Nineteen-year-old American Pulisic then fired in from the edge of the box in the 89th minute, before Bruun Larsen added a close-range finish.

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