These quotes indicate to us entirely that Liverpool will be using Loris Karius as the no.1 goalkeeper in 2018/19.
Upon his return to Melwood, Jurgen Klopp has given a lengthy interview to the official website about Karius and his mistakes which cost us the Champions League Final.
As we all know, the 24-year-old threw the ball at Karim Benzema for Real Madrid’s opener, before letting a late Gareth Bale drive cannon off his chest to give the Spaniards an unassailable 3-1 lead.
But it later became apparent that Karius was suffering from concussion that was brought about by an elbow to his head by Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid’s captain who also injured our best player Mo Salah.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s all normal here. I don’t know exactly what people think or made of the situation. The only thing I can say is he had a concussion in the game.
“Whoever had a concussion knows there is not one way how it feels, there are different ways. He didn’t feel it obviously. He had a knock on his head and he felt that but he didn’t know he had a concussion. That’s how concussions are. The guy who has it is the last one to be aware of it probably.
“With all the intensity of the game, adrenaline and the disappointment after the game, nobody really thought about that. I needed a few days, to be honest, to accept the fact and deal with the situation [of losing the final]. It was not that easy.
“After four days I got a call from Franz Beckenbauer, our Bobby Moore, our biggest football player who is a good friend of mine. He called me and said he came from a doctor, he told me: ‘your goalkeeper had a concussion.’ I said, ‘what?’ because in the game, from my position that situation is not very good to see: ‘maybe there was contact or not.’ I told him immediately, ‘OK’. He said the doctor is the most famous doctor in Germany. I said: ‘OK, give me a few minutes, I have to fix a few things.’
“I got all the pictures from different perspectives, saw it and thought: ‘how can we all think that the boy who didn’t show any weakness in that game until then made these big mistakes in a very important game and nobody thinks it’s because of the knock he got?’ How can we think that? That was, for me, the explanation and I thought: ‘OK, come on, we need to check that.’
“I thought it was too late, you cannot 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. Five days after the final, Loris had 26 of 30 markers for a concussion still. That’s clear.
“If you ask Loris, he says he didn’t think about it and didn’t use it for a second as an excuse. We don’t use it as an excuse, we use it as an explanation. That’s always important, that’s what analysis should be: you explain why things happen. So, from this point of view, from my side everything is fine. We don’t think about that anymore and we start completely new.”
Klopp undeniably has a point. Karius was concussed and this is a fact. It’s remarkably unfortunate and cost us the Final, but it cannot be changed.
Liverpool have made attempts to sign a new goalkeeper, but they’ve so far failed and with less than 40 days of the window remaining, it looks like the German will begin the campaign.
We just hope he can manage it, as the pressure and jibe will be excruciating.