Liverpool are preparing for Jordan Henderson to enter a ‘significant’ spell on the sidelines with a groin injury, according to a report.
The Reds’ captain suffered an adductor problem in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Everton.
The midfielder initially went down clutching his hamstring, but quickly turned his attention to his groin.
In any case, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said after the game: “Nobody in the medical department was positive about it. It doesn’t look good.”
What’s more, the Daily Mail now claims that Liverpool staff are bracing themselves for a ‘significant’ injury blow.
Indeed, the newspaper claims that they are expecting the 30-year-old to miss ‘several weeks’.
His lay-off would cover Premier League matches with Sheffield United, Chelsea, Fulham and Wolves. Furthermore, club chiefs feel worried that Henderson will miss the Champions League second-leg clash with RB Leipzig on March 10.
The extent of the injury remains unclear, until the results of a scan on Monday emerge.
Until then, England boss Gareth Southgate will also have his eyes on Henderson. Southgate was in close attendance in November as Joe Gomez suffered a serious knee injury in Three Lions training.
As such, he could also be without Henderson for World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland during the international break next month.
For Liverpool, meanwhile, their defensive crisis will inevitably worsen.
They have now lost all three senior centre-halves, as well as the two midfielders acting as chief back-up.
Klopp still has four recognised centre-backs to choose from, but they lack senior experience. Indeed, Nathaniel Phillips only made his Premier League debut in October but is now the club’s most senior option.
Rhys Williams, Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies are Liverpool’s other options, the latter two drafted in on deadline day.
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Aside from their injury woes, the fact remains that Liverpool’s slump has shown no signs of abating.
Saturday’s defeat to Everton was their fourth in a row in the Premier League and their fourth in succession at Anfield.
Therefore, Gary Neville has claimed that the slump could be seeping into Klopp’s own thinking.