After a strong second half of the season for Loris Karius after being given a chance to nail down the starting goalkeeping job at Liverpool, the 24-year-old German had what might be kindly called a disastrous Champions League final.
Two of Liverpool’s three goals against and Real Madrid’s winning margin came from Karius blunders, a pair of goals so bad they instantly threw his Liverpool future into doubt. Both, it turns out, came after Karius had suffered a concussion.
Following the final, Karius flew to the US to undergo tests and potential treatment, and today Bild are reporting the scans came back positive—a blow to the head by Sergio Ramos shortly before Madrid’s first goal left Karius concussed.
Ever since that Champions League final, Liverpool have been linked with a string of potential replacements for Karius, though as yet there has been little from club-connected journalists to suggest a new starting ‘keeper is being targeted.
With Simon Mignolet set to depart it seems inevitable the club will sign at least one stopper this summer—but if Karius was in fact as badly concussed as Bild suggest, it could be that any new signing will be a backup after all.
UPDATE: Massachusetts General Hospital has since confirmed the reports claiming Karius suffered a severe concussion during the Champions League final.