Liverpool academy star Jack Bearne has informed supporters that he has recently undergone surgery to repair ankle ligament damage he sustained in training last week.
It’s the second operation Bearne has had on this particular ankle, which effectively means the 19-year-old forward will miss the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign in what is a huge setback for Barry Lewtas’ under-23’s set-up.
Bearne, who signed a professional contract at Anfield back in October 2019, joined the Reds in 2016 after securing a move from his hometown club Notts County.
This season, Bearne was a regular feature for the young Reds in Premier League 2, clocking up 11 appearances – where he scored three goals and registered one assist.
He was also part of the FA Youth Cup-winning side of 2019, which also featured the likes of Neco Williams, Rhys Williams, Jake Cain, Leighton Clarkson, Paul Glatzel and Bobby Duncan.
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Last season, a first-team opportunity arrived for when Bearne was a 65th-minute substitute for Luis Longstaff in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa.
His best performance this term undoubtedly took place during an impressive 5-3 victory against Manchester United in September.
Bearne was the architect of Liverpool’s best moments in the match and had a hand in three goals.
He scored twice and assisted Clarkson for Liverpool’s opening goal in what was a mature and accomplished performance from the Reds teenager.
Whenever he got on the ball, Bearne looked capable of making things happen, and his endeavours were rewarded with three-goal contributions.
From start-to-finish it was an outstanding display. He never gave up, kept chasing down lost causes, and showed his quality in possession.
His creativity and range of passing, in particular, are assets that could benefit any team.
Bearne was recently named in Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League squad for the second half of the 2020/21 season.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, the young Reds will be forced to cope without Bearne’s talents for the remainder of the season.
However, judging by his latest Instagram post, Bearne remains determined to use this time off as a learning opportunity to come back stronger.