COMMENT By Matt Farr

West Ham were dealt a shattering blow on Monday morning, as it was reported that midfield ace Pedro Obiang was set to miss the rest of the season with injury.

The 24-year-old has been a player of the utmost importance to West Ham this season, and has been a crucial part of their midfield engine.

However, the setback may also have particular ramifications for Premier League rivals Liverpool, who, according to the Sun, are keen to bring him to Anfield in the summer.

It is claimed that the Hammers are looking to offer Obiang a new deal to fend off the interest from Liverpool, but his season-ending injury could also work in their favour.

The Spaniard has enjoyed a long run in the first team this season after staying largely injury-free, but he has seen his season come to an abrupt end at a crucial time for the club.

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Jurgen Klopp is on the hunt for reinforcements in several areas in the summer, and has identified Obiang as a solution to Liverpool’s defensive-midfield woes.

However, he may now turn his attention to other targets, ones that he can continue to monitor over the remainder of the season.

Obiang has suffered a series of niggling injuries throughout his career at West Ham, having arrived at the club in July 2015.

His ankle has proven to be a particular cause for concern, with his latest knock one of several previous problems.

But Obiang will not be the only item on Klopp’s summer shopping list, and his repeated ankle issues are not likely to convince the German chief that he is a long term solution to their own midfield problems.

With Jordan Henderson currently out injured, and both Emre Can and Georgino Wijnaldum struggling for consistency, Klopp needs someone who can stay both injury-free, and who can perform at the top level on a consistent basis.

But Obiang’s injury could knock him off his stride, and it could take some time for him to recover ahead of the new season, which makes him a less attractive prospect for a summer move.

That is a gamble that Klopp may not be willing to take.

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