Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Loris Karius was still clearly suffering from concussion five days after May’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
High-profile errors from Karius contributed to goals from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in the Reds’ 3-1 defeat in Kiev , with the German goalkeeper pilloried both in the press and by fans after the game.
However, in the days that followed, a US doctor indicated that Karius had suffered a blow to the head from a collision with Sergio Ramos just two minutes before Real’s opening goal, and that resulted in a concussion.
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And while Klopp is refusing to use the incident as an excuse, he does insist that it explains the mistakes.
“With all the intensity of the game, adrenaline and the disappointment after the game, nobody really thought about that [the concussion]," Klopp told the Liverpool website .
"I needed a few days, to be honest, to accept the fact and deal with the situation [of losing the final]. It was not that easy.
“After four days I got a call from Franz Beckenbauer, our Bobby Moore, our biggest football player who is a good friend of mine. He called me and said he came from a doctor, he told me: ‘your goalkeeper had a concussion.’
"I said, ‘what?’ because in the game, from my position that situation is not very good to see: ‘maybe there was contact or not.’ I told him immediately, ‘OK’. He said the doctor is the most famous doctor in Germany. I said: ‘OK, give me a few minutes, I have to fix a few things.’
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“I got all the pictures from different perspectives, saw it and thought: ‘how can we all think that the boy who didn’t show any weakness in that game until then made these big mistakes in a very important game and nobody thinks it’s because of the knock he got?’ How can we think that? That was, for me, the explanation and I thought: ‘OK, come on, we need to check that.’
“I thought it was too late, you cannot check that. But now I know a concussion isn’t coming and going in a day – if you have one, you see it days later. Five days after the final, Loris had 26 of 30 markers for a concussion still. That’s clear."
Liverpool have been linked with moves for goalkeepers Alisson and Jan Oblak this summer, but after failing to make any progress due to restrictive price tags, Klopp is now set to start the season with Karius in goal.
“If you ask Loris, he says he didn’t think about it and didn’t use it for a second as an excuse," he continued.
"We don’t use it as an excuse, we use it as an explanation. That’s always important, that’s what analysis should be: you explain why things happen. So, from this point of view, from my side everything is fine.
"We don’t think about that anymore and we start completely new.”
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