Jurgen Klopp sends message to Liverpool FC fans about Loris Karius concussion
The Liverpool FC manager opens up about Loris Karius' concussion in the Champions League final
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius did have a concussion during Liverpool FC’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final earlier this year.
The Reds are in the market to sign a new goalkeeper this summer following Loris Karius’ disastrous performance in the Champions League final.
The German goalkeeper’s poor pass allowed Karim Benzema to break the deadlock for Real Madrid before Sadio Mane equalised.
Gareth Bale scored an incredible overhead goal to restore Real Madrid’s lead before Karius deflected Bale’s long-range effort into his own net.
However, it conspired in the aftermath of the Champions League final that Karius had suffered a concussion following a clash with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos before Benzema’s opener.
The announcement earlier this summer promoted derision on Twitter given Karius’ previous history of making mistakes since his move to Liverpool FC from Mainz 05 in the 2016 summer transfer window.
Speaking to Liverpool FC’s website about Karius’ concussion in the Champions League final, Klopp said:
“It’s all normal here. I don’t know exactly what people think or made of the situation. The only thing I can say is he had a concussion in the game.
“Whoever had a concussion knows there is not one way how it feels, there are different ways. He didn’t feel it obviously. He had a knock on his head and he felt that but he didn’t know he had a concussion. That’s how concussions are. The guy who has it is the last one to be aware of it probably.
“With all the intensity of the game, adrenaline and the disappointment after the game, nobody really thought about that. 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.’
“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.
“If you ask Loris, he says he didn’t think about it and didn’t use it for a second as an excuse. 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.”
Liverpool FC have been linked with a move to sign Brazil number one Alisson Becker this summer after he established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in Serie A following two seasons at AS Roma.
AS Roma are thought to be demanding £75m for Alisson.