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Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing a second operation in his knee and is expected to make a comeback during the pre-season, confirms a report from Liverpool Echo.

The 17-year-old forward was initially expected to be out for three or four months after undergoing a surgery to repair ligaments in his right ankle in January. Liverpool’s U-23 unit were up against Manchester City’s U-23 during the early part of January and this is when the youngster picked up a knock, damaging his meniscus. Brewster rose high for a header and landed awkwardly, which actually damaged his ankle ligaments.

An operation to repair the injury soon followed and was even termed successful by the club, although he was tipped to miss at least three to four months of action. But what followed next was nothing less than a disaster. The 17-year-old started feeling discomfort in his knee which resulted in a second operation being followed, keeping him out of the action at least until the pre-season.

Rhian Brewster

Liverpool’s U-23 boss Neil Critchley said that Brewster will be back fit during the pre-season, but expressed the uncertainty as to whether he will be back before it (pre-season) or after it.

“The knee operation is not going to alter much the timeline on Rhian coming back,” Critchley was quoted by Liverpool Echo.

“It happened at the same time as when he hurt his ankle. The ankle was the major issue – that was where he was getting the most pain – but the knee wasn’t quite right.

“It’s not a major thing but as he’s out anyway they took the opportunity to get it sorted.

“The hope is that Rhian will be back fit in pre-season, whether that’s at the start or towards the end we don’t know yet. He’s got a good few months of rehab ahead of him and we’ll keep reviewing where he’s at.”

According to the Liverpool Echo, manager Jurgen Klopp, who rates the academy youngsters high, has decided to invite Brewster to do his rehabilitation at Melwood. Brewster has seen his personal ups and downs this season, having led England to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup triumph in October.

Back in December, the 17-year-old had claimed that he racially abused by Spartak Moscow’s Leonid Mironov, but UEFA decided to drop the case due to the lack of evidence. Speaking further of Brewster’s attitude, Critchley added that the youngsters if very humble and credited his family for that.

“Rhian is a level-headed boy,” he said.

“He’s very humble, he didn’t get carried away by success and that’s credit to his family.

“Yes, he was down for a bit but when I spoke to him last week he was positive and optimistic. He’s a bubbly character and that will help him.

“He’s at Melwood doing his rehab. That was the manager’s decision and it shows the faith he’s got in him.

“Rhian came to watch us play last week on his crutches. That’s the kind of boy he is. He loves the social aspect of being part of a team.”

Brewster is a future star for us and let’s hope he recovers swiftly before the next season.

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Liverpool youngster picks up ankle ligament damage during loan spell

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Marko Grujic

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Liverpool youngster Marko Grujic has picked up ankle ligament damage during Hertha Berlin’s 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, as per Sky Sports.

The Serbian midfielder joined the Bundesliga side on a loan deal and has played four games for them. Hertha are currently second in the competition behind Bayern Munich with 10 points from four games.

Hertha’s general manager Michael Preetz was quoted by Sky Sports saying.

“Marko has managed to make a significant difference to our game in the short time he has been with us, which is why the loss for him personally and for us is very, very bitter.

“Now we will look after him and help him, so that he can play that role as soon as possible.”

The report adds that the midfielder had signed a new deal with the Reds before joining the Bundesliga side on loan and was part of the Serbian World Cup squad in Russia.

Grujic had a huge role to play in Cardiff’s promotion to the Premier League last season and did well in his three starts for Hertha this term.

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It will come as a bit of a blow for the youngster to miss out on game time but hopefully, he will not be out for long and return to full fitness quickly.

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(Video) Mohamed Salah hands Liverpool jersey to tearful young fan after win over Saints

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Mohamed Salah got on the scoresheet against Southampton over the weekend but also there was another moment that is being spoken about on social media.

The Egyptian broke his mini-drought as he scored from Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick and he also had a few chances to make it two in the game.

The former AS Roma forward hasn’t been at his free-scoring best from last season but is slowly regaining his mojo in front of the goal.

Wayne Dunlop posted a video of his son on Twitter. The child was holding up a sign after the match at Anfield and Salah gave the youngster his shirt from the game.

It is an emotional video of the Twitter user’s son, Lewis, tearing up as the Egyptian hands him the shirt he wore during the game.

Salah even responded to the video uploaded and Wayne was very happy that his son received such a fantastic piece of memorabilia from Anfield.

The Egyptian is one of the best footballers in the world but it is moments like these that ensure the fans love players more.

Salah could have ignored the young fan and walked down the tunnel but he took time out to make the fan happy.

The Reds lead the Premier League standings at the moment, having won all six of their clashes in the Premier League so far.

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The 25-year-old is yet to hit top gear but it only seems like a matter of time before the goals start raining for the Liverpool forward.

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Jurgen Klopp dispels injury concern after surprise substitution against Southampton

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Xherdan Shaqiri started for Liverpool in the clash against Southampton and was instrumental in our a 3-0 lead at half-time.

His shot was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt for our first goal and his free-kick was slotted into an open net by Mohamed Salah for our third.

It was a little surprising that Jurgen Klopp decided to take the Swiss star off at half-time and replace him with James Milner.

Shaqiri was our most impressive attacker on Saturday as he played an advanced role behind our front three.

However, Milner came onto the pitch and we played with three central midfielders, something Klopp has used to great effect throughout his time at Liverpool.

The German spoke to the club’s official website as he explained he wanted more control in the game and that’s why he took Shaqiri off.

“I said to Shaq at half-time that I had never brought a player off after such an influential time without an injury. He is not injured. But I wanted to control the game and go back to our normal formation. And that helped, we really controlled it.”

The manager further added that it was not easy to make the change, given how influential Shaqiri was in the first half.

Klopp did explain the change to Shaq but playing the Swiss star had an impact on our defence and that was a problem for the manager.

“The only problem was defensively. Offensively, it was a good idea but, how I said, we have to work on that more often. But he was good and I liked it.”

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The 26-year-old had a fantastic game and it will be great to see him play more games if he can have the same sort of impact in the coming months.

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