Liverpool’s summer transfer plans have taken another setback after midfield target Manuel Lanzini suffered a potentially ‘career ending’ injury whilst on international duty with Argentina.
The West Ham midfield was named in Jorge Sampaoli’s 23-man squad for the World Cup last month, however has now been forced to withdraw after sustaining knee injury during training.
Following the incident, Lanzini shared an emotional Instagram message, saying: “I feel pain for being so close to living the dream I had as a kid, to play a World Cup, but not being able to do it.
“I want to thank my family, colleagues and the fans, for all the support and affection I have received. I hope that my teammates can reach their goal, together.”
The 25-year-old’s injury was expected to not only keep him out of the World Cup, but also the start of next season – however there are now increasing fears the injury could signal the end of Lanzini’s playing career.
Trusted Twitter source ExWHUemployee reports that seniors within the club say the Argentine’s injury is amongst the worst they have ever seen, at expect him, at the very least, to miss the whole of next season.
Not only is the injury bad news for Lanzini however, it is too for Liverpool, who were understood to be chasing the midfielder as they look to challenge for the Premier League title next term.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of Lanzini, and was targeting both him and Lyon star’s Nabil Fekir to complete the rejuvenation of his midfield having already sealed deals for both Naby Keita and Fabinho.
However, Lanzini’s injury all but ends any chance of Liverpool moving for the West Ham star.
Liverpool were also knocked back in their pursuit of Fekir last week, with negotiations between Lyon and the Merseyside club breaking down at the final hurdle ahead of the France’s internationals proposed move to Anfield.