Is YNWA Just a Song? Karius Deserves More

Is YNWA Just a Song? Karius Deserves More

Every fanbase is made up of a majority of good people, and a noisy few that should be sacrificed to the volcano god in order to ensure a bountiful harvest.  Liverpool are supposed to be different.  We have a slogan, “this means more,” part of a campaign meant to show that we operate on a plane apart from the rest.   “It’s not just football, it’s a way of life.”

When things are rolling for Liverpool, or there’s an obvious bogeyman, we rally together like no other.  But when there is an internal problem, a segment of the fanbase reacts, not in an atypical way, but in a disappointingly normal way.  For so long now, ownership was the whipping boy. Fenway Sports Group were on the receiving end, absorbing abuse from the most incensed Reds. But, after bringing in record signings, a top manager, and redeveloping Anfield, and overseeing a Reds revival the owners aren’t an easy target anymore.

WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH A STORM

Enter Loris Karius.  FSG-Out brigade have redirected their angst, unsatisfied until they stalk and shame a man to the point where he either they chase him from Merseyside or the manager moves the player on to save him from his own “supporters.”  They’re not satisfied that Karius has been relegated to bench duty with the record-breaking addition of Alisson, they want him banished from the island altogether.

Now, I’ll put on my tin hat and my flat-earth pin for a second and pretend that Karius made his mistakes in the Champions League purely because of nerves.  I don’t really believe that, but even if it were true he certainly wouldn’t be the first athlete to succumb to the pressure of the bright lights.  And that doesn’t mean he needs to be given a full pardon by everyone, but what does have to happen is that supporters need to respect the work that the man did to get us there in the first place or we’re not really supporters at all, are we?  You can say that you support the club, not the player, but abusing Karius isn’t helping Liverpool FC.  Even if Jurgen Klopp decided to sell Karius, having the fans chase him out of town is not helping his negotiating position.

HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH

Karius’ unique abilities allowed Liverpool to play in a high-pressing style that allowed the fewest goals in the Premier League and produced the most clean-sheets in the Premier League.  Was he the ultimate shot stopper, no, but he didn’t need to be.  He was decisive, aggressive, and snuffed out a lot of dangerous situations before the opposition could even get off a chance.  Why try to make a save if you can play 15 yards higher than Mignolet would have and disrupt a pass before it gets to the intended target?

Alisson is of course, a serious upgrade.  He can do the positive things that Karius did as well as all of the other nuances of goalkeeping.  And that’s what makes the continued abuse thrown towards Karius even more strange.  Here is a man we really should have been cheering on from the beginning if we really believe our YNWA slogan.  We instead, picked out a “mistake” in the background of the first training video of the pre-season.  With the surprise addition of the most expensive GK ever, Reds had a second opportunity to be decent human beings.

It is now highly likely that Karius will never play another meaningful match for Liverpool.  And yet, we still rail against him as if he’s a core part of our collective future.  The third goal from Dortmund’s 3-1 victory in Charlotte has been, well dissected is a word, but not the correct one because the commentary is anything but surgical.  Karius is faced with a point blank save as Moreno escorts Pulisic to the edge of the 6 yard box.  Klavan doesn’t intervene because he’s calculating how many step-overs he can showcase before the whistle blows.  Karius makes the save, parrying the ball away, but Joe Gomez has also switched off, allowing an easy toe-poke from Jacob Larsen to put the match out of reach in the 93rd minute.

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

Is this the first time that we’ve seen defensive errors that lead to goals from Mignolet, Gomez or Klavan?  No it certainly wasn’t, but why let that get in the way of our new favourite past-time, Karius bashing?

So what are Liverpool fans afraid of?  Is Karius going to lose Liverpool the U23 championship?  Are his errors going to be contagious as he works his way back into form?  Is his Instagram so good that it makes you feel uncomfortable about yourself?

Unless some terrible ill befell the Brazilian behemoth, we’re not going to see Loris Karius impact Liverpool’s season.  The best thing for Liverpool would be to rehab Karius back into form behind the scenes because ‘keepers who can play an extremely high line like him are not growing on trees.  Otherwise, Michael Edwards and company would have snagged one instead of paying a record fee for Alisson.

AT THE END OF THE STORM THERE’S A GOLDEN SKY

This is the time we’ve all been waiting for for so many years.  The club are now bringing in top talent from around the world, breaking records and doing it with a style and personality that is the envy of football.  We haven’t started stacking silverware again, but we’ve made it to the last three finals ahead of schedule.  This team, this season, is assembled to win things.  Finally.  Focus on that.

Because at the end of the day, Joe Gomez’ ability to stay goal-side of his man is going to have a much greater impact on Liverpool Football Club than Karius’ ability to parry a point-blank shot away from danger.

Trying to impress your Twitter friends with a clever dig at Karius does nothing to help the club you say that you love.  And worse, it makes us all look like hypocrites.  You’ll never walk alone is supposed to be our anthem.  It’s supposed to mean something, supposed to mean more.

If it does mean more, then we should be united in our support for a player that was vital in the successes we all enjoyed last season and we should all wish him well, be it as Jurgen Klopp’s reserve ‘keeper or at another club.

Walk on Loris Karius. Walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone.

Comments

8 responses to “Is YNWA Just a Song? Karius Deserves More”

  1. Gedly says:

    Overdue words

    Good article

  2. C. Aoun says:

    NEVER A TRUER WORDS SAID
    Its bad having opposition fans attacking our players
    It’s worse when we do it ourselves !
    No one is faultless !!!
    From me Loris Karius…YNWA

  3. Joe D says:

    No offence, but I should be free to criticise our players constructively after a game without being accused of damaging someone’s mental health and well-being.

    Yes, Karius is just human, but he plays for Liverpool FC and thus, under a magnifying glass of scrutiny.

    I don’t think finding examples of trolls on Twitter is evidence of the fan base not being behind him. They’re the exception.

    As for Karius himself, I think his message on social media was poor judgement. I can assure him, no real Liverpool fan took “joy” in watching his mistakes. On the contrary, they haunt us and will continue to haunt us for decades.

    I believe in the mantra of YNWA but I also believe that Karius isn’t good enough for the club whilst we try and compete for the top honours. Those positions are not mutually exclusive.

  4. Red Ted says:

    Well said mate. I bet the outspoken ‘supporters’ on social media and cretinous phone ins failed to watch the excellent documentary about the great Bill Shankly this week. He embodied the collective spirit of what this club is meant to be, what makes us different. I was lucky enough to grow up during Shankly’s era and I am ashamed of how the spirit is weakening as ‘ordinary’ supporters, most of whom have never even seen Anfield, imbue their intolerance and uneducated views on others. Liverpool FC is part of the ultra capitalist Premier League but in Klopp we have a man of integrity, like Shankly. Karius is a man, a Liverpool player and deserves support as a mark of respect of the position he holds. YNWA.

  5. Donald Gottke says:

    Beautiful written and is what all Liverpool fans should carry and hold so dearly YNWA. We all try to do our best and when we do stumble to have a hand held out to catch us and support us is what makes us the wonderful family we are. Let us all hold our heads up high. We are Liverpool YNWA.

  6. Chan says:

    Before the start of THAT match i was told the bookies had placed a 3-1 scoreline favoring Real, i did not believe then. After seeing how Karius played it all made sense to me.
    You see Karius was abused (personally he deserves it) not because he made mistakes (Klavan, Gomez and Gomez especially had plenty of those but no abuses) , it’s because he is a match fixer. Those who said otherwise either had not watch the game or refused to accept reality.
    I had played in goal myself and i can tell you those kind of mistakes (and he did it twice) can only be made deliberately

  7. Stephen says:

    I am one of those that have never, and probably will never, seen Anfield. However, your words ring true to my Yank ears. The feeling and trueness of LFC, most notably their core supporters, is palpable to me. It is what grabbed me and gravitated me to supprt this club. It is reassuring to read your sentiments reflecting mine in how our keeper has been lambasted despite his contribution as a team mate in Liverpool’s reemergence into the Wold’s spotlight. I may call it soccer but wouldn’t wish this public crucifiction on my enemy.

  8. Jeff says:

    Well let me ask you Chan, being the faultless perfect keeper that you must have been an all. How many Champions League Finals have you played in again? Cause I assume by your comment about mistakes like that only being deliberate that you have played in many UCL Finals and know how intense that pressure is. Secondly mate, bookies having RM winning with a scoreline of 3-1 means naff all. To be honest mate, the bookies had RM favourites to win and you’ll probably find a higher scoreline would have paid more. People who champion that theory have a problem with acceptance, and quite frankly don’t give their opposition any credit whatsoever. It also makes us look like sore losers and poor sports. How would you feel if anyone said Istanbul was fixed. Tell me the scoreline at half time in that match doesn’t look suspect for the conspiracy theorist in some people. I also think that considering RM were going for the 3rd final win in a row, they deserve a little better than saying they fixed it. You also say anyone who says it wasn’t deliberate didn’t watch the match right? I suggest you are either deluded or need to have a watch of the match yourself. Once Salah went off mate they didn’t look like winning. Regardless of Mane scoring and everyone claiming we were still in it at that point. If you watch it and actually be honest with yourself instead of clouded by emotion, you’ll admit to yourself we never looked likely. The point of this article is Karius is a red and deserves a break already. Did you see Roma supporters trash Allison when we slammed all those goals past him in the semi? No. God help us if there’s a few games where he lets a few in playing for LFC. The so called supporters this article refers to will be on Twitter at the drop of a hat shouting sell him or sending death threats. In what world is it cool for anyone to threaten someone’s life over a game (yes it is just a game) of football. But maybe I’m wrong Chan, after all I wasn’t the world class keeper that you were. I’m just a human that supports my team and the players that wear the shirt and encourage them when they make mistakes, after all I know I’m not perfect and have made many mistakes I regret.

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Updated: 2018-07-24 08:08:55
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