It is fair to say that Loris Karius was public enemy number one for some Liverpool fans following the team’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May.
The German, who was promoted to first-choice goalkeeper over Simon Mignolet in January, made two costly errors that led to goals in the Reds’ 3-1 loss in Kiev.
It was later revealed by medics that Karius had suffered concussion during a tussle with Sergio Ramos prior to the blunders.
Amid reports that Klopp will keep faith with the keeper as his number one instead of bringing in a new player, the manager has now spoken for the first time about the concussion incident.
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In an interview with Liverpool’s official website the former Borussia Dortmund coach said that they are not using Karius’s blow as an “excuse” for the mistakes that he made, but he insisted that he was “influenced” by the concussion.
“He was influenced by that knock, that is 100 per cent. What the rest of the world is making of it, I don’t care. It’s really not important what the people say. We do not use it as an excuse. Now people could think for us it is the explanation – and for me it is 100 per cent the explanation and that’s all.”
Some Liverpool fans do not agree, and they made it clear on Twitter.
Please stop it @LFC. Move forward now. This concussion story is just embarrassing.
— Evolved (@Evolved_ZA) July 6, 2018
sign a new keeper then
— evan? (@_lfcevan) July 6, 2018
No other club would give him so much chances… Disappointed that we have never been able to replace @PReina25 Why did we ever sell him again??? ?
— Frank Slabbert (@tank07frankslab) July 6, 2018
Even if he had concussion what about all the other mistakes
— Ronnie16 ??????? (@Ronnie_LFC123) July 6, 2018
This is purely an excuse for not to buy a new goalkeeper..#LFC need a new one
— Na_Tem (@Teme_ak) July 6, 2018
— Alex (@alexlfc2000) July 6, 2018
Sorry, we need a new number one, not buying it
— Laks (@repeto) July 6, 2018
Don’t even want to hear about it. Time after time klopp defending him when’s he gunna learn
— MichaelPinno (@MichaelPinno_99) July 6, 2018