Jurgen Klopp has said that he “did not have the right words” for Loris Karius in the immediate aftermath of the Champions League final.
Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg was among the first to console the 25-year-old at the end of the game, with Klopp now revealing he saved his debrief for a later date.
“I am a strong supporter of the idea of just shutting up if you don’t have the right words,” Klopp said. “And other than a few comforting words I did not have the right words. I did not have a clue what you could say.
“Neither was I angry of him nor was I disappointed in him or something else. I only saw his situation, and everyone would love to have the right words. I didn’t have them. And that’s why we left it at it that evening but for a few words.
“By now, I talked to him. Not only about this. The situation is clear and everything’s good.”
As Liverpool reported for preseason training, Klopp would attribute Karius’ display in the Champions League final to the concussion he sustained from a clash with Sergio Ramos early in the second half.
Regardless, Liverpool went out and spent £65 million — then a world-record fee for a goalkeeper — on Roma’s Alisson.