Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius might be looking to keep a low profile in a more forgiving environment for a while following his Champions League final nightmare, and now that opportunity has presented itself.
The president of Italian club Rimini FC, who have just been promoted to Serie C, has invited Karius to spend a year in the coastal resort to recover from the backlash of his error-strewn performance in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev.
According to Giorgio Grassi, there could be no better place than the popular Adriatic tourist destination to heal his wounds.
“Next June 22, Loris Karius, the Liverpool goalkeeper who was protagonist of that bad Champions League night, will turn 25,” Grassi wrote in an open letter on the Serie D club’s website. “I would like to welcome the German goalkeeper to Rimini for a few days, where we are always welcoming and where lots of his compatriots come on holiday.
“I would be delighted to meet him in Rimini and remind him how you need only courage, and maybe also good sense, to understand that the best lessons are usually the hardest ones, those most difficult. We’ve all been there, unfortunately for him it happened under the eyes of millions of people.
“Because in the end, the only real failure is allowing defeats to get the better over us. I would like to say these words to Loris because they could help him to become the latest example of somebody who, in football as in life, falls and lifts himself up.
“Because it is people and their determination which make difference and not their curriculum, lost finals or errors committed. What matters, on the other hand, is the way we face up to challenges, with what spirit and determination. For this, I would like to offer Karius a gift for his birthday: a one-year contract with Rimini FC, the ideal place for him to rediscover serenity, self-confidence and strength to pursue his dream.”
However, Grassi is keen to point out that Karius would not be automatic first-choice should he make the move to the Stadio Romeo Neri.
“Let it be clear that it would not be a walk in the park for him, because he’d be up against a great goalkeeper in Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Scotti, but certainly he would find himself part of a great family where success is considered second nature, and he would find a city ready to support him in getting back to being the No. 1 among pros.”
Let’s face it, there are worse ways to spend a year in the footballing wilderness.
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.