Danny Ings is out for the rest of Liverpool’s season with a knee injury.
The 23-year-old striker, who made his England debut against Lithuania on Monday night, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in a routine training session at Melwood on Wednesday.
The shock news of Ings’ injury broke shortly after new boss Jurgen Klopp’s first pre-match news conference and the German made no reference to it.
The summer signing from Burnley will now undergo surgery next week and join Joe Gomez, who also ruptured his ACL this week whilst playing for England U21s, on the sidelines for the rest of the campaign.
Ings’ hopes of being involved in Roy Hodgson’s squad for next summer’s European Championships in France are now in serious jeopardy.
He will definitely miss the friendlies with Spain and France next month and is unlikely to be available for the clash with Germany next March.
Ings had earned a call-up to the England squad with some impressive performances for his new club.
He scored three goals in five games, one of them in the Merseyside derby.
Klopp’s striking options are now limited to Daniel Sturridge and another new arrival, Divock Origi.