Emre Can will miss the rest of the season after suffering a back injury sustained in March when Liverpool took on Watford.
The news will come as a major blow to Jurgen Klopp who finds himself short of defensive midfield options.
Jordan Henderson is Klopp’s only recognised defensive midfield option who is fit going into the back end of the season.
Georginio Wijnaldum will now be back up to Henderson in that role. Wijnaldum was deployed as the number ‘6’ against Everton last Saturday, excelling and putting in a great performance – easing Klopp’s concerns.
Wijandlum will start as a defensive midfielder tonight when Liverpool take on Manchester City in the return leg of the Champions League quarter-final. Liverpool take a three goal advantage into the second leg tie.
The injury sustained to Emre Can is believed to be serious enough to potentially force him to miss out at the World Cup, providing a blow to Germany boss Joachim Löw.
It also means Emre Can could have played his last ever game in a Liverpool shirt with his contract ending in the summer and not many signs of him signing a new one.
However, recently, Can purchased a house in Liverpool which could suggest signing a new deal is still on the cards.
Klopp will likely have just four senior midfielders fit and available for selection for the rest of the season with Adam Lallana and now Emre Can ruled out.
There is belief among the Liverpool camp that Lallana could still play a part this season, but don’t put your money on it.