When Liverpool missed out on one of their main summer transfer targets in the form of Henrikh Mkhitaryan it is fair to say fans would have been disappointed.
In the end however the Armenian decided that the chance to wear the number ’10’ shirt left vacant by Mario Gotze’s transfer to rivals Bayern Munich was too good an opportunity; that and the fact Shakhtar Donetsk never gave Liverpool permission to speak to ‘Micki’.
That’s right, Micki.
That is the new nickname the Dortmund fans and German press have given the player as they start to take him to their hearts, and there is no wonder why.
After his goalscoring exploits in Ukraine expectation was already high in Dortmund of the impact he might have on arrival and he has done little to quell that heightened anticipation since arriving.
So far he has been very impressive in the clubs friendly fixtures; including a man-of-the-match display against Europa League semi-finalists FC Basel.
And nothing changed for yesterday’s knock up with FC Luzern in Switzerland.
Mkhitaryan was amongst the goalscorer’s for Die Schwarzgelben as they cruised to a 4-1 victory against the Swiss outfit; with Marvin Ducksch, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus all finding the target.
But things took a sour note almost immediately after Micki bagged his goal in the 43rd minute.
It seems in the process of scoring Mkhitaryan inexplicably began limping before taking a seat and being substituted from a worried Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp had this to say and was obviously concerned:
"He's bent over. The ankle is bandaged. This is not so nice."
Indeed it appears he has suffered a rather painful injury to his right ankle and the €27.5 million man will go underneath the MRI machine today in order to fully understand the extent of his injury.
You can see in the video below how he rolls his standing foot when reaching to poke Dortmund’s third beyond the advancing keeper and BVB fans will be hopping their club hasn't splashed the majority of its transfer budget on a player who will sit out the start of the season; and perhaps even longer.
Liverpool may consider this a case of ‘if we can’t have him nobody can’ as well as a lucky escape; as it seemed a rather innocuous way to get yourself underneath an MRI scanner.
Better them worry than us springs to mind...
Here is the goal and subsequent injury….
image: © Валерий Дудуш