Many Liverpool fans would have hoped that the team’s attacking trio would make the headlines following the Champions League final on May 26.
However, it turned out to be Loris Karius due to the goalkeeper’s error-strewn performance in the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev.
The German shot-stopper received plenty of criticism on social media for practically handing the ball to Karim Benzema for Madrid’s opening goal, as well as failing to keep out Gareth Bale’s second of the night.
Now, though, it has emerged that Karius played the majority of the second half with a head injury.
According to ESPN, Liverpool were concerned that the 24-year-old had suffered concussion during a collision with Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, who earlier in the game was involved in a challenge that left Mohamed Salah with a dislocated shoulder.
Massachusetts General Hospital has now confirmed in a statement that Karius did suffer a concussion, and added that “it could be possible that such deficits would affect performance”.
Liverpool fans have been tweeting their thoughts on the news, with the majority hoping that their fellow supporters do not use this as an excuse for the defeat in Ukraine.
Not buying this,made similar error v Roma,but got lucky,it hit cross bar,and no concussion then.
— JB. (@Limericktaximan) June 4, 2018
He suffered a concussion, he should have asked for a substitution.
— Stelios Ioannou ?? (@stegiosgerrard8) June 4, 2018
First it’s up to the player to say about a not so obvious injury head injuries are not apparent at first the medical staff may not have known they may have even asked if he was ok
— ste (@ste51467014) June 4, 2018
We got to stop finding excuses, it’s embarrassing.
It happened, we lost, we move on. This is becoming Everton behaviour.
— Troy Roberts (@T____R) June 4, 2018
Salahs petition was embarrassing and this isnt? Its been a week or two since the final.
— Kamran?? (@K4M20) June 4, 2018
It was examined by specialist doctor who are used to handle such problem for NFL. Just respect the result guys. Many footballers always want to play as long as he can ignore the pain and it was a final game. But, we also know that his performance wasn’t enough to convince us.
— Allez Aditya (@AdityaAllez) June 4, 2018
He didn’t look concussed at all during the match against Real Madrid.
— Yinka Oyesanya (@Bomber25) June 4, 2018
Damage limitation. Still not good enough concussed or not
— heather (@hcams) June 4, 2018