Liverpool have been dealt a significant blow after scans revealed Mamadou Sakho has suffered ligament damage in his right knee and is set to miss the rest of 2015.
The France international fell awkwardly whilst challenging with Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie in Sunday's 2-1 reverse and appeared in agony as he fell to the floor. He attempted to play on but was soon substituted for Dejan Lovren.
Having already lost Danny Ings and Joe Gomez to cruciate ligament damage, Liverpool were left fearing another season-ending injury for their centre-back. Those fears have been quelled, but there is significant damage to another ligament, which will rule him out for six to eight weeks.
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According to the Independent, Sakho will meet with a specialist today to get a better idea of how long he will be in rehabilitation. There is, however, real concern that he will miss the busy Christmas period in its entirety.
Sakho has become something on a cult hero under Klopp and was handed a regular place in the starting line-up by the German as a result of his fine form. Although appearing clumsy and unbalanced, the 25-year-old has arguably been one of Liverpool's best players this season.
That status amongst the Kop has seen an outpouring of dismay on Twitter this morning as Liverpool fans come to terms with another significant injury blow. Currently, they have ten senior players packed into their treatment room.
Take a look at some of the fan reaction below
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