By Daniel Moxon – @dmoxon_
High-profile errors in recent months followed by the eagerly-anticipated arrival of Alisson Becker have left Loris Karius’ position as a first-team goalkeeper at Liverpool under question.
It is not necessarily his ability that is under question, more his (apparent lack of) mental strength and an inability to cast-out the demons that continue to haunt him from his Champions League Final horror-show.
It is natural for a football fan to bemoan a mistake or a poor performance – every supporter is delighted when their team wins and equally disappointed when they lose.
But the most important thing to address right now is the amount of hatred and vile criticism that has been directed at the German stopper over social media.
This is not okay.
There is no denying that he has made mistakes throughout pretty-much his entire spell at Anfield, most notably on that fateful night in Kiev.
He was at fault for two of Real Madrid’s three goals, and was a major contributing factor to Liverpool’s failure to collect their sixth European Cup title.
But it is important to remember that the goals that he ‘gave away’ were not premeditated acts, they were not deliberate, they were errors – Loris Karius is a human being and he, like the rest of us, is capable of making mistakes.
This is something that many so-called ‘fans’ on social media appear to be forgetting.
The sickening, abusive messages sent to him both publicly and privately, many of which have contained death threats, only contribute to dehumanising Karius.
Everywhere he turns, he will feel like he can do no right. He will feel as though he is a target. He will feel isolated, hopeless and alone.
No wonder he continues to make mistakes.
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ has been the supporters’ anthem for more than half-a-century – nowadays it gets bandied-about a lot but some ‘fans’ seem to have forgotten what it means.
It means that no matter what happens, everyone involved with the club will stick together.
It means that at the end of every storm, there will ALWAYS be a golden sky.
It means that if you walk on with hope in your heart, then you will NEVER walk alone.
Thankfully, the spirit of this way of thinking seems to be alive and well with most supporters – those who are truly loyal, including his teammates.
The majority of Liverpool fans idolise Mohamed Salah as a player – today he came-out in support of his teammate, publicly backing him on Twitter.
This is the example that everyone should be following.
Yes, he has made mistakes and yes, it is frustrating, but if you are so quick to abandon one of our own, then you do not deserve to be in anyway affiliated with Liverpool Football Club.
Loris Karius, You’ll Never Walk Alone.