Liverpool fans have expressed their dismay after it was announced midfielder Fabinho will be out injured until after the New Year.
The Brazilian limped out of the Reds’ Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday, after an accidental collision with Hirving Lozano.
A club statement read: “Liverpool can confirm Fabinho suffered ankle ligament damage during the Champions League encounter with Napoli in midweek.
“Further assessment on the injury has discovered Fabinho will be out of action until the New Year.”
Fabinho will now begin a rehabilitation programme devised by the club’s medical team.
The news is a huge blow for Jurgen Klopp, who has shaped the South American into one of the world’s best in his position.
Since becoming a regular in the side around this time last year, Fabinho has been key for Liverpool operating as the defensive shield in midfield.
The club have 11 games in the next 34 days, making Fabinho’s lay-off rather untimely.
Liverpool fans react
It is the kind of news Liverpool fans have been dreading and many expressed their despair on social media:
League over, day ruined
— Tom (@_TomLFC_) 29 November 2019
— Dan (@DxnLFC_) 29 November 2019
— Niraj G (@Niraj_G10) 29 November 2019
Time to hit the bottle
— tim (@timmounce) 29 November 2019
Give him my ankles idec
— Daanish (@DBUTT_98) 29 November 2019
— Jay ひ (@jaydenI998) 29 November 2019
How did we even look like before him? Struggling to remember. Carnage
— Ziggy (@Gerald_yea) 29 November 2019
We have decent cover for him with Gini/hendo tho.
But obviously losing a world class player will hurt our chances at the league title.
Still managed fine without Allison
— Martin Teigstad Moe (@TeigstadMoe) 29 November 2019
Everything is fine pic.twitter.com/Tj3tp9njte
— chrollo (@okaleenuh) 29 November 2019
Huge loss, but so was Allison!!
— Dave Eustace (@daveue25) 29 November 2019
— ☄ (@MTXLFC) 29 November 2019
Annouce city champions now
— Joe🃏 (@lilhallybih) 29 November 2019