LIVERPOOL goalkeeper Loris Karius suffered concussion during the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
Karius, who was at fault for two of Real Madrid’s goals in the 3-1 defeat, underwent scans at the weekend amid fears he sustained head trauma.
Liverpool’s concerns arose from the 24-year-old’s collision with Sergio Ramos in the second half of the game.
A matter of minutes later, his attempt to throw the ball out rebounded off Karim Benzema into the net to put Real Madrid ahead.
Karius blundered again late on when he parried Gareth Bale’s long-range shot into the net to make it 3-1.
Liverpool’s medical team were concerned by Karius’ welfare and arranged for him to visit Dr Ross Zafonte at the Massachusetts General Hospital during his holiday to the United States of America.
Zafonte assessed the results and has deemed that the German did suffer concussion as a result of Ramos’ challenge.
The top doc released a statement, which read: “We have received numerous calls today regarding the health status of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.
“With Mr. Karius’s permission, we are providing information about his medical situation in an effort to prevent, where possible, the dissemination of incomplete or erroneous information.
“On May 31, 2018 Mr. Karius underwent a comprehensive examination by Dr. Ross Zafonte and Dr. Lenore Herget in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
“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. We expect that with treatment and by following prescribed activity protocols he will continue to improve. We have encouraged vigilance and an emphasis on safety in his eventual return to full activity.
“This is the only comment we will be making in relation to this matter. All future media inquiries should be directed to the Liverpool FC Press Office.”
A tearful Karius accepted the blame for Liverpool’s failure to lift a sixth European title.
“I don’t feel anything right now,” he said. “Today I lost my team the game and I feel sorry for everyone.
“I’m sorry for everyone – from the team, from the whole club – that the mistakes cost dearly.”