On-loan Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane has been dealt a serious blow with the youngster set to miss the rest of the season through injury.
Kane, 21, is a product of the academy system at Kirkby following a move from Bristol City at the age of 15. He has made two senior appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s first team in the Carabao Cup this season, coming on for his debut as a substitute against MK Dons in September before featuring in the quarter-final defeat to Aston Villa in December.
The Reds midfielder was brought to the KC Stadium to link up with former manager Grant McCann whom Kane enjoyed a successful loan spell with at Doncaster Rovers last season. Kane made the League One Team of the Season in his inaugural campaign in professional football after clocking up 49 appearances and scoring seven goals.
He made just four appearances in the Championship since his January loan move but Kane will now miss the remainder of the campaign with ankle ligament damage.
Kane is a highly rated member of Neil Critchley’s young Reds and is a player who has been predicted for greatness. In his 2016 autobiography, club-legend Steven Gerrard tipped Kane as well as teammate and Ballon d’Or nominee Trent Alexander-Arnold as two little-known Liverpool youngsters who were destined for stardom.
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“These boys (Alexander-Arnold and Kane) really caught my eye,” wrote Gerrard in My Story (2016), arguably the most influential captain in Liverpool’s history.
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A major setback for someone who is certainly one of Liverpool’s brightest and best upcoming stars. The Bristol-born playmaker has been regularly involved with Klopp’s senior set-up since July 2018 and is someone the club hold in the highest esteem.
After former Liverpool loanee, Harry Wilson enjoyed a successful loan spell with Hull during the 2017/18 campaign many tipped Kane to do the same. However, the box-to-box midfielder will likely return to Melwood to begin his rehabilitation.
Kane captained the U18s on regular occasions for Gerrard when the former Reds captain was head-coach at Kirkby during the 2017/18 campaign. Gerrard was bang on the money when predicting Alexander-Arnold was destined for greatness, could lightning strike twice when Kane returns from injury?