Liverpool striker Danny Ings will miss the next seven to nine months with a knee injury.
He suffered the injury during the 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup last week as he came off the bench to make his first appearance of the season.
It is not a recurrence of the injury that saw him sit out most of last season and manager Jurgen Klopp is sad to see the former Burnley man out of action after working so hard to come back.
“To say we are gutted would be an understatement.” he said.
“He is such a great boy and has worked so hard that he deserves better luck than this.
“It is typical of Danny’s personality, on and off the pitch, that he picked up this injury to his knee when courageously trying to win the ball back for his team by making a tackle.
“But it is this same personality that means he will come back as good and as strong from this latest setback as he has done in the past.
“He is mentally strong, physically strong and will have the very best treatment and rehab possible to make sure when he returns he is ready to play for us at the level we know he is capable of.” he finished.