Fears are growing Jordan Henderson may miss the season’s finale – and the start of next season.
The Liverpool captain had scans at a Merseyside hospital after sustaining what appears to be knee ligament damage in a challenge at Brighton.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp expressed his serious concern at the extent of the injury when he said after the game: “We don’t know exactly, we have to wait, but the injury to Hendo is massive.
“It is in the knee and it doesn’t look as if it’s nothing at this period of the season.”
Klopp is still waiting for confirmation from his medical team at the extent of the injury, but it seems likely the midfielder has strained medial ligaments in the right knee.
And that prognosis would see him sidelined for a period of six to eight weeks, which means that, with the quick turnaround between seasons for the Premier League, Henderson potentially missing the opening games of the new campaign.
He is due to lift the trophy at Liverpool’s last Anfield game of their title-winning season, which comes against Chelsea on July 22.
If the initial fears prove correct then the skipper would miss that game but with nine substitutes allowed, he could still be on the bench to enable him to collect the prize the club has finally claimed after a 30-year wait.
Liverpool, meanwhile, gave a new long term contract to their highly rated teenage goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros. The Czech U18 international impressed in the Youth Cup win last season, and has already stepped up to the U23s.