The Champions League Final is over, lost, and in truth, we’d rather forget about it and focus on this summer and next season.
But we cannot ignore the news which broke last night.
Bild initially claimed that our German keeper Loris Karius passed 26 of the 30 tests for concussion in hospital after the game, while BBC Sport quote Dr Ross Zafonte – who said it likely Karius’s ‘visual spatial awareness’ was affected by a blow to the head, and could have caused the ‘mistakes’ which cost Liverpool the game.
130 seconds before Karius rolled the ball to Karim Benzema, he was elbowed by Sergio Ramos – who diverted his path slightly to clatter our goalkeeper from a Real Madrid set-piece.
If you think what you see is below is an accident, as well as the Spaniard injuring Mo Salah’s shoulder, then you don’t know Sergio Ramos.
OFFICIAL | UEFA confirm Sergio Ramos will not face any disciplinary action after appearing to elbow Loris Karius in the UCL final. pic.twitter.com/qdnfG4XZXg
— golazolive (@golaz0live) May 29, 2018
It now looks like Karius, obviously unknowingly or he would have come off, was concussed for the remainder of the match.
Later on, he threw a ball into the net from a Gareth Bale shot, confirming our defeat, before leaving the field in tears.
Are we making excuses? No. Does this make the defeat any less real? Not at all. It’s just a medical fact that has been released by a hospital that Karius was concussed due to an elbow to the head which may have caused his errors. We got very, very unlucky in Kiev, but we’ll come back stronger.