Loris Karius has much to prove this summer and he has guaranteed the spotlight will remain on him for the foreseeable future after his mistake led to a Tranmere goal in Liverpool's latest friendly.
German goalkeeper played 45 minutes at Prenton Park. With Liverpool
leading 3-0, Karius pushed a free-kick from 20 yards straight into the
path of substitute Johnny Smith, who ensured the error received maximum
It led to an uncomfortable conclusion to the match as Tranmere's Amadou Soukouana raced clear to cut the deficit further, giving Karius no chance.
Smith made no mistake, slotting the ball past Karius following his error in the second half
Karius looks dejected after the second Tranmere Rovers goal in the pre-season friendly
'No one likes that goal, but if we talk about that then the second goal is Milly's (James Milner's) fault,' manager Jurgen Klopp said.
'Two brilliant footballers make mistakes but we only talk about one. We can't make a story after each mistake, let's carry on and make the best of the situation and learn from it.
can stop it by not asking, promise? Until he has a few fantastic games,
you cannot change that. Our job is to support Loris, that's our part of
'I saw this situation 500 times in my life the ball hits his chest but what can you do.'
Jurgen Klopp is determined to give Karius every chance to get over calamitous end to last year
Karius bowled ball into Karim Benzema for Real Madrid's opener in the Champions League final
He also allowed Gareth Bale’s shot from 30 yards to slip through his hands for the third goal
Liverpool's Rafael Camacho celebrates scoring the opening goal against Tranmere on Tuesday
Liverpool first half XI: Ward, Camacho, Phillips, Klavan, Robertson, Fabinho, Keita, Lallana, Kent, Ojo, Solanke.
Liverpool second half XI: Karius, Clyne, Gomez, Chirivella, Moreno, Milner, Woodburn, Jones, Wilson, Origi, Sturridge.
Goals: Camacho, Ojo, Lallana
Klopp is determined to give Karius every opportunity to get over the calamitous end to last season, when his mistakes pockmarked the Champions League final but Liverpool's manager does not have endless patience and the concession of such a cheap, avoidable goal - even in a match of little consequence - will leave him thinking.
It ensured Karius once again became the talking point when the focus should well have been on Adam Lallana.
In an alternative world, Lallana would have been in Moscow preparing for the World Cup semi-final as an integral part of the England squad.
Camacho celebrates with Sheyi Ojo, who set up Liverpool's first goal and doubled Reds' lead
The reality for the Liverpool midfielder on Tuesday night, however, was sobering. A hamstring injury and a lack of games towards the end of the season meant Gareth Southgate could not afford to take Lallana to Russia.
Lallana, though, is not the type of person to dwell on misfortune and he caught the eye on his first appearance of pre-season, scoring a goal and showing plenty of sharp touches as Liverpool breezed past local rivals Tranmere in what has become an annual warm up fixture.
Illness had prevented Lallana from playing in Saturday's opening game at Chester but he captained Liverpool at Prenton Park and linked well with Naby Keita - the £52.5million midfielder of whom so much is expected - and £43.7million signing Fabinho.
Stand-in Reds captain Adam Lallana made it three before half-time against League Two side
goal in the 33rd minute came after good work down the left flank from
Ryan Kent and was comfortably dispatched in front of The Bebington Kop.
He should really have doubled his tally in the 40th minute after Sheyi Ojo and Rafa Camacho had created an opening down the right.
Ojo, a highly-regarded England Under-21 international, and Camacho - who has graduated from the club's Academy - really made an impression in the 45 minutes and both hit the target.
Midfielder Lallana linked well with new signings Naby Keita and Fabinho (pictured) on Tuesday
Keita started and played the first 45 minutes of the pre-season friendly at Prenton Park
Camacho - who scored at Prenton Park in a UEFA Youth League tie against Manchester United in March - broke the deadlock in the eighth minute with Ojo doubling the lead shortly after.
that stage Liverpool did not look in any danger and Klopp would have
expected more goals to follow in the second period when he made 11
As it turned out, though, Karius's spill altered the narrative.