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Jurgen Klopp has come out in defence of Loris Karius, claiming that concussion was to blame for his errors in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

It seems Klopp has seen enough to launch a move to try and lure the centre-back to Merseyside and the chance to play with Lovren at Liverpool may be a tempting proposition for Vida.

In early June, a scan at Boston General Hospital revealed that Karius had incurred a concussion during the match, likely when he appeared to have been struck by an elbow from Real defender Sergio Ramos just before Karim Benzema's first goal in the 51st minute.

While some have criticised Karius and accused him of using concussion as an excuse for making vital mistakes during the game, Klopp said that wasn't the case - as the official club website reported.

"He was influenced by the blow, for sure".

But as Karius prepares to make his first appearance since the final in a friendly at Chester on Saturday, Klopp stressed it was business as usual.

"I told the boys on Tuesday that everybody has the opportunity to show up, so do it".

"I was never close to signing for Manchester United, no", Fabinho said.

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"If you make a mistake in a Champions League final, it's a mistake you can not change anymore, even if you want to - and we all want to", said Klopp.

Gerrard also believes Liverpool are realistic Premier League title contenders going into the new season after a fourth-placed finish and defeat in the Champions League final. "We don't use it as an excuse, we use it as an explanation", said the manager.

"They come back before the tour to America - the 20th, I think".

Reports suggest that Liverpool have been priced out of a deal for Roma and Brazil 'keeper Allison Becker, meaning that Karius may continue as No. 1.

Asked whether they could close the 25-point gulf to City, having been only one of two sides to beat them in the league, Gerrard added: "The million dollar question".

Liverpool's efforts in the transfer market are ongoing ahead of the new season, says Jurgen Klopp.

On the flip side, however, the additions to the squad will certainly mean that some of Liverpool's very talented young players will have to go out on loan to earn some game time.

After such a great second half of the season, he inadvertently threw his future at Liverpool in doubt, as his two mistakes helped Los Blancos on their way to winning the UCL trophy.

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