Cameron Brannagan will be out of action for Liverpool for up to a month after the young midfielder broke his hand during training.
Despite being named in Jürgen Klopp’s squad for the Reds’ trip to Germany for the Champions League playoff first leg against Hoffenheim, Cameron Brannagan will not travel with his teammates.
According to the Liverpool ECHO, the 21-year-old had his hand trodden on during training by a teammate and a scan confirmed that he will need to avoid “contact” training for four weeks.
He won’t need surgery but will be out for around four weeks which will come as a huge frustration for the Liverpool U23 midfielder.
Brannagan spent the second half of last season out on loan at Fleetwood and although he’s set to stay at Liverpool for the 2017/18 season, it looks as though it will be his last with just 12 months left on his contract.
Klopp has a wealth of young attacking talent at his disposal with Ovie Ejaria, Ben Woodburn, Ryan Kent, Sheyi Ojo and Dominic Solanke all offering different qualities to the German manager.
Although Ojo could leave this summer on loan, the English winger offers more to Klopp than Brannagan does and it is believed that the pacy 20-year-old will benefit from a loan move.
Klopp is clearly a manager who favours young, promising players and the most recent player to benefit from this is Dominic Solanke. Signed from Chelsea, the 19-year-old striker used pre-season well to show he should be given a chance in the first team this season.
It’s unlikely he’ll make many starts in the Premier League but he could appear from the bench or start in domestic cup tournaments.
Liverpool play Watford on Saturday at Vicarage Road in their first Premier League game of the season.