Jurgen Klopp Finally Speaks About Karius' Champions League Final Concussion

Heather Diaz
July 6, 2018

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana and defender Joel Matip are unlikely to feature in the club's first pre-season friendly at Chester this weekend. We do not use it as an excuse.

Karius had collided with Sergio Ramos prior to the mistakes and Liverpool clarified after the final that he had sustained concussion, though the statement did not mention the tangle with the Real captain. I was sad to leave Monaco, a club that gave me a lot of great moments, but in football sometimes you need new challenges and I thought it was time to move on.

"The easy thing to do is put a cross through his name and bin him but you have to remember he took Liverpool to the Champions League final".

Their discussion prompted Klopp to look into the prospect that his No 1's display had been affected and Karius was flown to Boston for tests at Massachusetts General Hospital, where the concussion was confirmed. For me, it is 100% the explanation [for his performance]. It's really not important what the people say.

Asked whether they could close the 25-point gulf to City, having been only one of two sides to beat them in the league, Gerrard added: "The million dollar question".

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final last season. We do not use it as an excuse.

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I personally would have loved to see the Brazilian between the sticks at Anfield but at the price Roma are demanding, with the "Salah tax" that would have been imposed, it would have made poor business sense to complete a move for Alisson.

Five days after the game, Karius underwent tests in the United States of America that confirmed he had suffered a concussion during the game and should not have remained on the pitch. I thought it was too late, you can not 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.

"He is young so we don't want to bin a good goalkeeper because he does have the potential to be very good".

Klopp has rectified his problems in midfield with the additions of Naby Keita and Fabinho and Liverpool showed huge improvements in defence during the second half of last season thanks largely to Virgil van Dijk's presence and the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson.

"I think Liverpool are very close, I think they are knocking on the door", he said.

"I'm looking forward to it".

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