Liverpool keeper Loris Karius suffered concussion in error-ridden Champions League final, say doctors
Posted: 4 June 2018 Time: 21:24
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius sustained a concussion during their 3-1 UEFA Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, doctors have confirmed.
The keeper has been left to carry the burden of the Reds' European Cup final defeat after his two mistakes led to Los Blancos' first and third goals in Kiev last month.
Karius underwent scans at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston five days later, having collided with Real captain Sergio Ramos early in the second half, just moments before he kicked his clearance into the boot of Karim Benzema for the opener.
The gloveman was then also at fault when he let Gareth Bale's long-range drive slip through his grasp and over the line, and medical staff believe the concussion sustained during the final affected his performance.
A statement on the hospital's website read: "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."