They say never trust a man with two first names. Well I say never trust a man with no first names. Loris Karius, Liverpool’s freshly signed keeper, who displaced the always entertaining Simon Mignolet as Klopp’s number one net-minder, will be out for two months after suffering a broken hand during a preseason friendly played against Chelsea at the Rose Bowl.
Whatever effigy burning/voodoo Mignolet was doing worked, as Karius’ injury means Mignolet is once again Liverpool’s starting keeper.
Karius was trying to punch away a cross from Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas when he hit his own defender, Dejan Lovern, in the head.
Never punch Dejan Lovern in the head unless you want to break your hand.
Some might chalk it up to a freak accident, but I think it has more to do with having a name that sounds like a killing curse from Harry Potter. “Loris Karius” definitely sounds like something a Death Eater would shout at Neville Longbottom’s parents.
If the doctor’s two-month prognosis for Karius’ return holds true, Liverpool’s new goalie will miss the first seven games of the Premier League season, including the season opener against Arsenal and games against Chelsea and Tottenham.
While this is a big blow, it’s not like Coutinho got hurt, so Liverpool will do what they always do: survive.