The German shot-stopper inexplicably threw two goals into his own net as the Reds lost 3-1 in Kiev against the Spanish giants, leaving the 24-year-old shattered and sobbing at full-time.
It seemed as though Karius might have been forced to re-start his career away from Anfield but new evidence discovered by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston might well have altered the picture.
Karius underwent scans at the hospital in the wake of the final, and medical staff believe the concussion sustained earlier in the match affected his performance.
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A statement on their website reads: “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.”
Karius collided with Sergio Ramos early in the second-half, with the goalie looking as though he’d sustained a knock to the head – and he conceded the game’s opening goal just moments later.
So, what do you think of the news? Does this excuse Karius in some way?