Liverpool have been hit with another injury blow with the news that ankle surgery will rule Joe Gomez out of the Champions League final.
The injury problems have been mounting up for Jurgen Klopp of late, with Joel Matip, Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also sidelined.
Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana have missed a big chunk of the season, and despite being back in training neither are match fit.
Now, the Times‘ Paul Joyce, among others, has confirmed that Gomez has played his last game of the season, with the youngster undergoing surgery on an ankle problem.
The defender only returned in the 2-2 draw at West Brom on April 21, having missed over a month of action with the same ankle problem.
He looked extremely rusty both at the Hawthorns and in the stalemate at home to Stoke City, which suggests he was not fit.
The news comes as a blow to both Liverpool and Gomez himself, with Joyce adding that he is likely to miss this summer’s World Cup.
The former Charlton Athletic youngster had forced his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans, but the initial ankle injury was picked up against the Netherlands in a friendly in March.
He missed over a year of action with cruciate ligament damaged very shortly after Klopp’s arrival in October 2015, and also suffered with an achilles issue.
It leaves Trent Alexander-Arnold and Clyne as the only options at right-back ahead of vital matches against Brighton and Real Madrid.
A win against the Seagulls on Sunday would secure a place in the top four, while Real Madrid stand between the Reds and Champions League glory on May 26.