Jordan Henderson won’t feature for Liverpool against Sheffield United this weekend because of injury.
The Daily Mail reports Henderson will actually miss the Reds’ next five fixtures after injuring his adductor.
The England international came off after 30 minutes during Saturday’s 2-0 Merseyside defeat to Everton.
It’s feared Henderson faces several weeks on the side-lines as Jurgen Klopp’s injury woes continue.
The Premier League champions are perhaps one of the few clubs in the division who can compete with the Blades when it comes to injuries to key players.
Henderson’s absence means Liverpool currently have seven first teamers out.
Their defence has been particularly badly hit, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all currently side-lined.
Henderson had been filling in there as a result. As had Fabinho, who is another who’s injured at the moment.
Diogo Jota and James Milner make up the list of absentees.
What Jordan Henderson injury means for selection at Sheffield United
Without Henderson, Klopp will have to name yet another central defensive partnership when his team visit Bramall Lane on Sunday.
The 30-year-old played alongside January loan signing, Ozan Kabak, against the Toffees. That was the 18th different combination already this season.
Kabak is likely to keep his place for the weekend with few other options. Youngster Nat Phillips replaced Henderson when he was brought off and therefore could partner the Schalke loanee.
Alternatively another who joined during the January transfer window – Ben Davies – could make his debut.
Klopp has also received a fitness boost this week, with both Fabinho and Jota back in training.
They’re both in contention to feature against the Blades and the Brazilian could fill in at centre-back if fit.
Whatever decision Klopp makes, there are arguably few better times to face one of his teams.
Fitness problems have contributed to the Reds losing heir last four league matches. It’s their worst run since 1923.
While a response is expected at some point, perhaps the Blades could sneak a result before then.