The Karius Comeback
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has stepped up his recovery as he bids to return from the broken hand which ruined the start of his new career in England. Karius cost Liverpool £5million.
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has stepped up his recovery as he bids to return from the broken hand which ruined the start of his new career in England.
The Germany Under-21 international cost Liverpool £5million when he arrived from Mainz in June and Jurgen Klopp had intended to start Karius between the posts on the opening weekend at Arsenal.
An injury suffered in pre-season put those plans on the back seat, with Karius initially ruled out for a period of two months. But the stopper is already back in training with the Reds, posting a video to his Instagram account on Wednesday showing he was back in the gym with the caption: ‘Well, any good comeback needs countless gym hours first.’
The young goalkeeper suffered his injury in a collision with Dejan Lovren during Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in America last month. Closer examination revealed Karius required surgery on his hand and he flew home immediately to receive medical attention.
‘I never want an injured player and there’s never a good time with the timing of them,’ Klopp said at the time.
‘It’s not good for him, not for us but it won’t change and we have to take it. He’s made a good impression in the first few days back in training.
‘A broken bone in the hand for a goalkeeper isn’t great. It’s not the worst but it could have been even worse. Six to eight to 10 weeks out is not the longest period but it’s not too good either.’
— Loris Karius (@LorisKarius) August 17, 2016
Karius’ initial injury assessment indicated he would be out until the middle of October but his return to light gym work raises the possibility he could return sooner.
Karius’ Instagram video showed him stretching and lifting weights in what is something of a boost to Klopp following his team’s opening 4-3 win at Arsenal.
Belgian No 2 Simon Mignolet, who has never really convinced at Anfield, will remain between the posts as things stand with veteran Alex Manninger, who also joined Liverpool this summer, in reserve.