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Simon Mignolet collision causes Vincent Janssen to suffer memory loss

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Simon Mignolet hasn't played much first team football over the last few weeks with Jurgen Klopp seemingly set on Loris Karius being the Liverpool No.1 this season.

But falling out favour at club level hasn't significantly affected his Belgium chances and Roberto Martinez even picked him from the start for the Red Devils' friendly with Holland on Wednesday night.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw but Mignolet was involved in one of the biggest talking points of the night after a clash with Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen.

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Early on there had been one near miss as the Belgian goalkeeper looked a bit rusty when forced to sprint off his line and meet Janssen, who was trying to capitalise on a poor defensive header.

Mignolet totally missed the ball and only narrowly avoided wiping out the Dutch forward. Luckily for the keeper, it didn't cost Belgium a goal as a covering defender cleared.

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However, a similar situation presented itself shortly after when Janssen attempted to meet a ball over the top.

The Liverpool ace came out again to try and punch the cross clear. This time, though, he made contact with both the ball and Janssen.

And the forward came off much worse after Mignolet's elbow unintentionally slammed into the back of his head - as you can see below.

The brutal collision would prove to be Janssen's last piece of action and he was withdrawn from proceedings minutes later.

His manager Danny Blind provided a worrying update after the game and claimed Janssen lost '20 minutes of his memory'.

"Vincent Janssen is going to be a very difficult story," Blind said, as per The Mirror.

"The physician told me it is a concussion. He lost 20 minutes of his memory, and doesn't know what happened.

"We have to be careful with that and talk it through."

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Janssen should actually be thankful it wasn't more serious, although he remains unlikely to feature in Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.

Meanwhile, Mignolet can also count himself somewhat fortunate not to have been punished as some referees might have deemed his attempt to get the ball as reckless.

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