Luis Diaz won't return until after the World Cup in huge Liverpool injury blow

Luis Diaz will not return from injury until after the World Cup in a huge injury blow for Liverpool, according to reports.

Diaz was spotted leaving the Emirates on crutches after Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal, with Jurgen Klopp admitting ‘it doesn’t look good’.

Diaz was forced off just before half-time and was replaced by Roberto Firmino and speaking after the game about Diaz and his team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold, Klopp said: ‘He is injured unfortunately.

‘It doesn’t look good for both. That is the icing on the cake.’

Diaz has arguably been Liverpool’s best player so far this season, registering three goals and two assists across his first eight games in the top-flight.

But it has been a horrendous start to the 2022-23 campaign for Klopp’s side, who are down to 10th in the table having only won two Premier League games.

Things may now get worse for Liverpool, who look set to be without Diaz until after the World Cup in Qatar – which starts next month – with the Premier League resuming on December 26.

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That’s according to reports in Colombia, meaning Liverpool will be without Diaz for crucial fixtures against Manchester City and Tottenham.

He will miss matches against Rangers, Ajax and Napoli in the Champions League as well as other top-flight clashes with West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Southampton. He will also miss the League Cup meeting with Derby.

Liverpool’s poor start to 2022-23 is a dramatic shift from last season, when the Reds were two games away from achieving an unprecedented quadruple.

They were forced to settle for a domestic cup double, winning the FA Cup and League Cup, having missed out on the Premier League title by a single point on the last day of the season and losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid.

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