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New Liverpool keeper Loris Karius upbeat after surgery on broken hand

By Staff Reporter

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has undergone a successful operation to repair his broken right hand.

The German returned home early from the club's tour of the United States after sustaining the injury having collided with team-mate Dejan Lovren in last week's friendly against Chelsea.

Karius, a £4.7m signing from Mainz this summer, will be out for eight to 10 weeks, dealing a blow to his hopes of challenging Simon Mignolet to be Jurgen Klopp's first choice.

"I'm back at home after a successful surgery! Thank you for all your get well wishes!" an upbeat Karius wrote after tweeting a picture of his bandaged hand.

Karius turned down a place in Germany's Olympic squad to fight for a starting place but injury means fellow new signing Alex Manninger, a 39-year-old veteran who arrived from Augsburg on a free, will now deputise for Mignolet.

The remainder of the squad returned home yesterday after their 2-1 defeat to Roma to begin preparations for their final pre-season friendly against Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday.

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