Liverpool fans must have thought their dramatic 4-3 victory over Borussia Dortmund was the perfect night. However, their incredible comeback win didn’t come without a cost.
That’s because midfielder Emre Can picked up a nasty ankle injury late in the second-half.
The German went down in the box moments before Mamadou Sakho scored Liverpool’s third goal after twisting his ankle and the 22-year-old was seen leaving Anfield on crutches, with many fearing his season is over.
And, it's been revealed, Can will be sidelined for four to six weeks with ruptured ankle ligaments.
It comes as a massive blow for Jurgen Klopp’s side. With captain Jordan Henderson also sidelined until the end of the season, Can’s injury news leaves the Reds short in midfield.
While Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva are capable of playing in Can’s position, they both lack the energy and passing ability that the former Bayer Leverkusen ace brings.
Can played a big role in Liverpool’s incredible comeback on Thursday. He made Divock Origi’s goal - Liverpool’s first on the night - with a brilliant double one-two before a beautifully weighted through-ball.
But this injury news means that Liverpool will have to cope without Can for both of their Europa League semi-final ties against Villarreal on April 28 and May 5.
If Liverpool overcome the Spanish side, they will play the final in Basel on May 18th. With that date less than five weeks away, it will be a big ask for him to be fit in time.
However, Liverpool's official website have stated: "A return before the end of the season has not been ruled out for the 22-year-old.
Can signed from Leverkusen in the summer of 2014 for a fee of around £10 million. Since Klopp's arrival in October, the commanding midfielder has been almost ever-present in the side and the news that he is likely to miss the remainder of the campaign will come as a bitter blow to the manager.
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