Adam set to miss rest of season as door opens for Sterling

Liverpool could be without Charlie Adam for the rest of the season if he requires an operation on the injury that saw him limp off early during Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat to QPR at Loftus Road.

Adam suffered knee ligament damage towards the end of the first half, and on Friday saw a specialist in London, according to Saturday’s Telegraph.

Adam will be out of action for at least a month, and if an operation is needed, is only likely to return to action in pre-season this summer.

The Telegraph notes that Adam’s absence from the first team could give youngster Raheem Sterling a chance at the big time.

Adam’s injury opens the possibility for 17-year-old winger Raheem Sterling to force his way onto the bench for Saturday’s visit of Wigan.

Responding to reports that Sterling could look for a move back to hometown London, Kenny Dalglish hinted to reporters ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Wigan on Sunday that Sterling will get his chance when the time is right.

“If it’s right for someone to play and they deserve to play then they will have a game but only if it’s right for us,” he said.

“Whether you need to be involved doesn’t mean to say you should be involved. You have to deserve to be involved. The deserving bit is the most important thing and we will decide, not anybody else.

“Raheem has progressed the same as a lot of young players have progressed and that’s testimony to the people at the Academy as well as the individuals.

“You earn the right to a run out by what you do on the pitch, not by what’s said in newspapers.”

Adam’s injury is also likely to give midfielder Jonjo Shelvey a chance in midfield.

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