Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio will not be joining Liverpool during the current transfer window after sustaining a serious knee injury during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the early hours of this morning.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with the Reds for months and was the subject of an enquiry from Anfield back in May which prompted the Spanish media to make Liverpool favourites to land him, despite strong interest from Inter Milan and Juventus at the time.
Asensio was rushed to hospital in tears with a suspected ruptured cruciate ligament and Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane stating after the game that the injury looked to be a bad one.
Zidane said: “We’re a little worried. It’s the knee.
“He went straight to the hospital to get tested and see. But it looks bad.
“It’s the bad thing of the day for us because we lose a player and we are a little touched, yes.”
Real Madrid’s medical staff have since confirmed: “After the tests performed on our player Marco Asensio by the Real Madrid Medical Services he has been diagnosed with a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and the external meniscus of his left knee.
“The player will be surgically operated in the next few days.”
Asensio could miss the entirety of the 2019-20 season and the uncertainty surrounding his status will surely mean that we can now put this transfer link to bed.
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp remains in the market for an attacking midfielder but his current priority appears to be recruiting a versatile defender to provide cover for Andy Robertson following the departure of Alberto Moreno.