Rafael Benitez is coming to terms with an ever lengthening injury list ahead of this weekend’s crucial Premier League encounter with leaders Manchester United.
If losing in the Champions League last night at home to Lyon wasn’t bad enough, Liverpool now have to contend with the visit of United without some of their most influential players.
Steven Gerrard limped out of the Lyon game with a groin injury while Glen Johnson and Fernando Torres are also doubtful.
Winger Albert Riera needs a scan on a hamstring injury and teenager Martin Kelly, who replaced Johnson at right-back has picked up an ankle injury.
The defeat was Liverpool’s fourth on the trot in all competitions and equals their worst run since 1987.
I cannot remember an injury situation like this.
There are other players with other problems too. I have no idea what team I can put out against Manchester United until we have had the players tested and seen by the medical team.
Liverpool’s Premier League title ambitions have been rocked by four defeats in their opening nine games' while Tuesday’s Champions League defeat means the Reds are in danger of not qualifying from their group.