Loris Karius is set to miss the start of the Premier League season as he faces two months on the sidelines with injury.
It is understood the German goalkeeper broke his hand in the pre-season friendly loss to Chelsea, and has flown back to England from the USA to undergo surgery.
Karius had started every one of Liverpool’s friendlies this summer, and he was in line to be Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice goalkeeper when the competitive season started.
However, he is reportedly set to be out of action until the middle of October, missing games against Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Simon Mignolet and Karius’ fellow summer signing Alex Manninger will now go head to head to stake a claim for the starting position in the weeks running up to the start of the Premier League.