Tuesday 22 August 2017

Liverpool's transfer plans suffer a big blow after one of their top targets is struck down by knee injury

Jurgen Klopp is expecting a busy summer
Jurgen Klopp is expecting a busy summer
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool’s efforts to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus this summer appear to be over, after it was confirmed the Germany winger suffered knee ligament damage in his side’s German Cup final win on Saturday.

Reus was widely reported to be one of the top transfer targets for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp this summer, but the 27-year-old was taken off at half-time in the clash against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and now his worst fears have been confirmed.

“Marco Reus will be out of action for several months after sustaining a partial tear of the cruciate ligament in his right knee in Saturday evening's DFB Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt at Berlin's Olympiastadion,” read a statement on the Dortmund website.

“Further examinations will be conducted over the next few days to determine what course of treatment is required. With this in mind, Borussia Dortmund will not at this stage make any precise estimations as to the possible length of the player's absence. BVB wish their DFB Cup hero the speediest-possible recovery.”

This latest injury is another blow to Reus after a series of injuries have hampered his progress in recent years, with a cruel injury in the summer of 2014 denying him a chance to take part in Germany's successful World Cup campaign in Brazil.

Reus has also struggled to steer clear of injuries in the last three years, yet his fitness record did not dampen down speculation that a host of big spending Premier League clubs would try and sign him this summer, with Liverpool believed to be at the front of that queue.

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Dortmund's Marco Reus. Photo: Reuters

Now Reus faces a long spell on the sidelines and may struggle to play again in 2017, which will force Klopp to make alternative plans as he looks to add to his options in wide positions ahead of his side’s crucial Champions League qualifier in August.

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