Jurgen Klopp has defended the claims that Loris Karius had suffered concussion during Liverpool’s final game of the season.
Liverpool’s highly impressive season ended with a 3-1 defeat in Kiev in the Champions League final, with goalkeeper Karius making two incredibly catastrophic errors to gift Real Madrid their 13th European title.
The German ‘keeper attempted to roll the ball to his defender, but was seemingly unaware of Karim Benzema’s presence, with the Frenchman simply sticking out a leg to deflect the ball in the back of the net.
Gareth Bale’s incredible overhead kick restored the Spanish giants’ lead after Sadio Mane had equalised, only for a speculative 40 yard effort from Bale to be inexplicably fumbled into the back of net by Karius to seal the Reds fate.
However, five days later, Liverpool announced that Karius had undergone a medical examination over in the USA, which apparently confirmed that the 25-year-old was suffering from concussion, with the suspicion being that it could have occurred during an incident involving the ever controversial figure of Sergio Ramos.
The claims were ridiculed in some areas of the media, but with Liverpool’s players, including Karius, now back in pre-season training, Jurgen Klopp has given some insight into how the diagnosis came about.
“With all the intensity of the game, adrenaline and the disappointment after the game, nobody really thought about that [the concussion],” Klopp told the official 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.’
“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.”