Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is out for three months with a knee injury.
The Brazilian missed six months of last season with knee ligament damage and is now sidelined again following a knock which forced his early exit from Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
It remains unclear as to whether or not surgery will be required on the injury.
On Twitter, the 25-year-old had this message for his followers: “No words to describe my feelings at the moment. It is been hard to be positive but I am sure better days will come. YNWA.”
It is arguable whether anyone at Anfield offers the same protection to the Reds’ defence from midfield, but despite the former Gremio man’s absence Brendan Rogers still has a plethora of midfield options.
Nuri Sahin arrived at Anfield following a season-long loan from Real Madrid, while Jonjo Shelvey impressed replacing Lucas against City. Out of favour Kenny Dalglish signings Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam could also be brought in provided they aren’t offloaded before the closure of the transfer window.