Steven Gerrard responds to Liverpool FC’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid
Steven Gerrard admits that Liverpool FC's defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League final will be remembered for Loris Karius' errors
Steven Gerrard admitted that it “wasn’t to be” for Liverpool FC as the Reds slumped to a disappointing 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday night.
Mohamed Salah had to be substituted in the first half in Kiev due to a shoulder injury as the Reds lost one of their most influential players early on.
After a goalless first half, the Spanish side took the lead in the 51st minute when Karim Benzema capitalised on Loris Karius’s sloppy throw to put Real Madrid 1-0 up.
However, Liverpool FC battled back and drew level moments later when Sadio Mane finished from close range.
Gareth Bale then came off the bench to score an incredible overhead kick just moments after his appearance as a substitute to make it 2-1.
And Karius was once again at fault when he parried Bale’s shot into the net in the 83rd minute to hand Real Madrid a 3-1 victory over Liverpool FC.
Liverpool FC legend Gerrard admits that Salah’s injury changed the course of the game, but he also conceded that Karius’s errors played a large part in the result.
Speaking to BT Sport, Gerrard said: “It wasn’t to be.
“You’ve got to feel for the Liverpool players in general because the performance was good. Individual players played really well tonight. They’ve been done by two individual mistakes.
“Obviously the Salah moment was pivotal with him going off, but the talking point will be the goalkeeper’s mistakes.”
Liverpool FC will now dust themselves down as they prepare to reignite their search for their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp next season.