Perhaps Loris Karius isn’t to blame after all?
Medical examinations have revealed that Liverpool’s keeper “sustained a concussion” during the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
A statement released by Massachusetts General Hospital confirms the goalkeeper was far from 100 per cent as his two horrendous mistakes gifted Los Blancos two crucial goals.
Karius jetted off to America for scans amid fears he suffered head trauma following a clash with Sergio Ramos.
The incident occurred two minutes before Karius’ first mistake in Kiev, which saw him throw the ball into Karim Benzema’s foot.
And it’s now been revealed that the German was indeed suffering from concussion, which is sure to have had some impact on his game.
A hospital statement read: “On May 31, 2018 Mr. Karius underwent a comprehensive examination by Dr. Ross Zafonte and Dr. Lenore Herget in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
“After carefully reviewing game film and integrating a detailed history – including his reported present and immediate post-contact subjective symptoms – physical examination and objective metrics, we have concluded that Mr. Karius sustained a concussion during the match May 26, 2018.
“At the time of our evaluation, Mr. Karius’s principal residual symptoms and objective signs suggested that visual spatial dysfunction existed and likely occurred immediately following the event.
“Additional symptomatic and objectively noted areas of dysfunction also persisted. It could be possible that such deficits would affect performance.
“We also note that Mr. Karius has reported significant and steady improvement since the concussive event, and we expect him to make a full recovery based on the results of the examination.
“We expect that with treatment and by following prescribed activity protocols he will continue to improve. We have encouraged vigilance and an emphasis on safety in his eventual return to full activity.”