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Tests reveal Liverpool goalkeeper had concussion during Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp comforting Karius after defeat in Kiev Credit: PA

Scans reveal Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius sustained concussion during the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in which he made two crucial errors.

Massachusetts General Hospital has confirmed the player underwent assessments five days after the 3-1 loss in Kiev.

Karius is on holiday in the United States but Liverpool's medical staff wanted him to be checked out and a subsequent examination found evidence of concussion, which doctors say could have affected his performance.

The goalkeeper was caught in the head by Sergio Ramos at a corner before Madrid's opening goal, which was the first to be blamed on 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," said a statement from MGH.

Karius was widely blamed for Liverpool's final defeat after his two errors, and Merseyside Police later released a statement saying its officers were aware of "threats" made against him on social media.

The 24-year-old gifted Real the lead when he attempted to launch a quick attack, only for Karim Benzema to thrust a leg out and divert the ball into an empty net.

Karius then allowed a long-range effort from Gareth Bale to evade his grasp in the closing stages.

Liverpool have declined to comment on Karius' situation.


Karius apologises for mistakes in Champions League final

Loris Karius admitted his mistakes had cost Liverpool any chance of winning the Champions League final.

The 24-year-old was in tears at the final whistle in Kiev after the Reds' 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid. The Spanish side's first goal came when Karim Benzema charged down an attempted throw-out by Karius, and the goalkeeper then allowed a long-range Gareth Bale shot to slip through his grasp for the third.

"I lost my team the game," he told talkSPORT.

"I'm sorry for everyone - from the team, from the whole club - that the mistakes cost dearly.

"If I could go back in time, I would. I feel sorry for my team. I know I let them down.

"It's very hard right now but that's the life of a goalkeeper. These goals cost us the title, basically."

Former Reds goalkeeper Ray Clemence said Karius would have to live with his mistakes "for the rest of his life".

Clemence, who was in goal for Liverpool's first three European Cup wins including the 1-0 victory over Real in 1981, told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "He's made two horrendous errors at vital times in the game and he has to live with that.

"He's got the whole summer to think about it and when you make mistakes in massive games like that they will be with you for the rest of your life, because people will remember them and keep reminding you of them."

Loris Karius made two costly errors in the Champions League final Credit: PA Images

Ode to Mo: Liverpool artists pay tribute to football hero

Liverpool star mo Salah's become a cultural icon in his adopted city and home country of Egypt.

He was initially taken to heart by fans of Liverpool FC because of his astonishing tally of goals.

The chants of “If he scores another few I’ll be muslim too” and “He’s sitting in the mosque that’s where I want to be” went viral on social media channels globally.

But beyond the football pitch Mo Salah has come to represent a positive, friendly, polite, approachable alternative image of muslim masculinity at a time when young bearded muslim men have become subject to much suspicion and hostility.

British Ugandan poet and author Musa Okwonga has previously published books on football and wrote a poem for the FA to celebrate their 150thanniversary.

His ‘Ode To Mo’ celebrates all that Salah has come to represent as he is about to play in the biggest game in European Club football in front of a global audience of billions having just received the coveted Golden Boot Award.

Now Liverpool artists The Rapid Response Unit have created a minute long film with Liverpudlians each delivering a line of the poem across city centre locations.

The film will be played at screenings of the live match at several venues in Liverpool and on the large screen outside Lime Street station.

Liverpool born street artist and LFC fan Guy McKinley has also been commissioned to create a new 6 x 3 metre street painting of Mo alongside lines from the poem on a busy city centre shopping street.

The painting will be completed on Friday 25th May.

Ode to Mo: The Golden Smile of the Nile

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah The Muslim Maestro! - Cairo’s Hero! - The Golden Smile of the Nile! The World’s Swiftest Egyptian (Blink, you’ll miss him). His scoring rate is one a game, So once a match Anfield becomes his prayer mat. Of course he and this city go hand in hand - They love a frontman of an all-action band - Thus this Afro-haired angel is Top of the Docks. He has three superhuman abilities: Speed. Finishing. Humility. The players’ choice, The people’s choice, He brings us together with his grin. Mohamed Salah: in the Scousers’ crown, He is the shining crystal And the only force that can stop him Is the final whistle.

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