Tests carried out in America have revealed that Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius suffered a concussion after a blow to the head inflicted by Sergio Ramos.
The injury was sustained just TWO MINUTES before his error led to Karim Benzema’s freak opening goal.
The tests carried out by Dr. Ross Zafronte and Dr. Lenore Berger at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital stated that the young German shot-stopper may well have suffered “visual-spatial dysfunction” and it is “possible that such deficits would affect performance.”
Liverpool chiefs sent Karius for tests following the final and the results have come back as somewhat of a shock, with Karius’ tests showing 26 out of 30 positive results which are used to detect concussion.
The report from Dr. Zafronte and Dr. Herget went on to say that they analysed footage of the game and indeed the incident and said that Karius’ “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.”
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The news has not gone down well with Liverpool fans, many of whom already felt an overwhelming sense of injustice after a controversial tackle by Ramos on Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah resulted in the Egyptian King being substituted with a shoulder injury which still threatens his involvement at this summer’s World Cup.
The timing of the collision between the much-maligned Ramos and Karius came just moments before a moment of madness in which the keeper bowled the ball out of his area right into Benzema for the Frenchman to stab home.
Nothing could be done to stop Gareth Bale’s world-class overhead kick, but Karius will not deny even himself that he let Bale’s second goal – a shot from 35 yards – slip through his grasp to kill all hope for Liverpool to mount a comeback.
Can it just be coincidence, especially after Ramos’ take-down on Salah, that the Spanish defender has done a number on Karius, and that has most probably impacted his performance, as per the report carried out in the US hospital?
Questions must also be asked of the Liverpool medical staff, however. If Karius displayed such clear symptoms of concussion a few days following the final, how were these signs not picked up in the treatment he received in the immediate aftermath?
It’s true that Karius will have most likely fought tooth and nail and done his best to mask any injury to avoid being replaced in a game of such magnitude, but you have to wonder why the medical team didn’t see through this potential facade and take action.
It will leave Liverpool fans asking what might have been once more and leave an even more bitter taste in the mouth after the disappointment in Kiev.