Liverpool dealt huge blow as star defender ruled out for six weeks

Liverpool star Martin Skrtel is set to miss up to six weeks of actions after picking up a hamstring injury, Daily Star reports.

The 31-year-old suffered a tear to his hamstring during the 3-0 defeat to Watford at the weekend and will now miss important matches against both Arsenal as well as Manchester United.

He will also be unable to feature against Stoke City in the Capital One semi-final as the Reds go into the match with a host of defensive injuries.

Skrtel joins Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez on the sidelines, meaning manager Jurgen Klopp will be without two senior centre-backs heading into the festive period.

The Slovakia international confirmed the length of his injury via his Instagram page as he will be unable to feature for about six weeks.

“After all rumours going around, I want to say the time I will spend on sideline won’t be three months,“ he said.

“After I suffered tear in my hamstring and tendon I will be out for 6 weeks.“

However, Klopp was given a boost ahead of the injury given that Mamadou Sakho only recently returned to full fitness in order to give him some options defensively.