Thibaut Courtois howler compared to Loris Karius clanger as Mo Salah scores
Thibaut Courtois' blunder was brutally compared to Loris Karius' clanger by BT Sport commentator Darren Fletcher following his Champions League nightmare at Anfield.
Liverpool took an early lead through Darwin Nunez and doubled it thanks to the former Chelsea stopper as the ball bounced off his knee to give Mohamed Salah a chance he couldn't miss.
With the home crowd going wild, Fletcher remembered the mistake between the two clubs in the 2018 final in which Karius gifted a goal to Karim Benzema.
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Fletcher said: "Oh it's a terrible error! It's a terrible error by Thibaut Courtois, but it's another jewell in the crown of the Egyptian king.
"Mo Salah is now Liverpool's all-time leading scorer in European football. It's his 42nd goal for the club in Europe and it was an absolute gift."
He added: "For Loris Karius in the final. Thibaut Courtois at Anfield in the last 16. That's a howler. It's an awful error by such an experienced player and Liverpool after a quarter of an hour and in absolute dreamland."
With Nunez and Salah on target, Vinicius Jr found the net in some style before a blunder from Alison allowed the Brazilian to grab a second.
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Liverpool came into the tie as the underdogs despite winning their previous two domestic fixtures, having failed to beat Los Blancos in their last six outings. Those defeats include two Champions League finals, the last of which finishing 1-0 in Paris last year – with Klopp refusing to watch it back until this week.
He said: "I didn’t watch it back until this weekend. The thing I realised immediately was now I know why I didn’t watch it back – but I had to.
"It was proper torture because we played a good game and could have won and that’s the decisive word – could – but didn’t because they scored and we didn’t.
"But apart from that we could have won the game."
With the second leg taking place at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 15, Liverpool will play four Premier League fixtures between the two legs including the visit of Manchester United.
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