Loris Karius only uses one hand on return to training

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Loris Karius was one of Jurgen Klopp's first signings of the summer and yet Liverpool fans have been made to wait before they can actually catch him in competitive action.

A broken hand suffered during the Reds' pre-season clash against Chelsea has hampered his progress and ultimately forced Klopp to stick with last season's first-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, for the opening three matches of the Premier League campaign.

But the £4.7 million summer signing is now back in full training, of sorts.

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Karius was initially ruled out for two months after attempting to punch clear a cross, only to connect with defender Dejan Lovren's head in the friendly against Antonio Conte's side.

But his hand has recovered quicker than expected and while most of the squad have gone away on international duty, Karius has made the next step of his rehabilitation.

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The German posted an image across all of his social media accounts of his first day back but there appeared to be one fairly obvious item missing.

The picture below shows Karius diving to his left to parry a ball away from goal but is without a glove on his right hand.

Although Klopp is known for some of his more bizarre training methods, Karius' caption confirmed he avoided the use of his injured hand as a precaution rather than part of any wacky drill.

The bandaged wrist is set to have some wire taken out later this week and the 23-year-old will have his sights set on making his competitive debut for his new club.

Liverpool's early optimism from their opening day victory over Arsenal has turned out to be short-lived following a defeat and draw to Burnley and Tottenham respectively.

Next up for Karius and co. is a home tie versus defending champions Leicester at Anfield and Klopp's new keeper faces a race against time to get fit and replace Mignolet between the sticks.

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