Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has doubted the diagnosis of Loris Karius’ concussion which was sustained during the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The Liverpool goalkeeper made two major blunders in the course of the game that resulted in goals and a subsequent win for Real Madrid, these coming after he collided with Madrid defender Sergio Ramos who appeared to hit him on the head.
It was revealed on Monday by doctors in Boston that the 24-year-old had been diagnosed with a concussion and this may have resulted in the slip-ups on the night.
However, Courtois who has also been linked with Liverpool recently admitted that it was not a convincing explanation for the errors made by Karius during the game.
He told reporters: “I guess he got a blow on his head but it happened to me with Alexis Sanchez. I had a concussion and I couldn’t see the ball so after 20 minutes I went out of the game.
“I feel sorry for what happened to him but to blame it on concussion now… in that space, that he made those mistakes he also made two amazing saves. Was that luck then, because he couldn’t see the ball? I don’t know.
“It’s unfortunate for him to have made those mistakes but if you have concussion you will leave the game or the doctors will tell you: ‘Look, you cannot see clearly anymore, you must leave the game’.
“If they want to say it’s because of that, it’s okay. He said after the game he made two mistakes, I think everyone will accept that. It can happen as a goalkeeper but to blame it on a concussion now, I find it strange. But if medics say that from Boston, it’s okay.”
Meanwhile, Ramos who has been painted as a victorious villain for the parts he played in Salah’s injury and the supposed Karius incident seemed to mock what he believes are excuses by the Reds for the defeat.
“After the goalkeeper said that I dazed him with a clash. I am only missing Firmino saying that he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him,” Ramos said.