Liverpool really don’t seem to have anything in the way of luck with the news breaking that Loris Karius has broken his hand.
In a collision with Dejan Lovren against Chelsea, the German fractured his right hand but still played the remainder of the game at the Rose Bowl Arena. He is likely to have surgery to fix the damage done and will miss up to 10 weeks of football meaning he will certainly miss the start of season.
The 2016/17 season promised to be the best season in years as it would’t have Simon Mignolet in goal due to the signing of Karius from Mainz this summer. However, Liverpool tend to have things fold at crucial moments and it looks as though Mignolet will be the ‘keeper for the start of next season. Fun.
Jürgen Klopp has spoken of his belief in Mignolet to perform in Karius’ stead but it is unlikely that he would have signed the German shot-stopper if he really had belief in Mignolet.
“You never want an injured player and there’s never a good time with the timing of injuries.
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“It’s not cool for him, not cool for us but it won’t change and we have to take it,” Klopp said according to the Liverpool Echo.
“We have another three goalkeepers. Everyone knows about the quality of Simon Mignolet. He’s made a really good impression in the first few days back in training and we also have a very experienced one in Alex Manninger and a very young one in Shamal George.
“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, eight, 10 weeks out, whatever, is not the longest period but it’s not too good either.
“It’s not that I’d decided who was No 1. It was just about collecting information about the two players.
“It was a battle between him and Simon and now that battle is decided for the next few weeks 100%.
“I’m of course really happy we have Simon and hopefully he will stay in the race and not get injured. We will need to give the other two match time now too.”
Let’s pray that Mignolet can channel the form that displayed at the beginning of the 2013/14 season where he saved a penalty on his Premier League debut against Stoke City. The issue is he loses confidence and and form as a result so I hope Karius comes back in before he makes a mess of things, again.