Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Georginio Wijnaldum will need a scan on his ankle after picking up an injury against Maribor.
The German expects the midfielder to be absent against West Ham on Saturday and revealed Philippe Coutinho will also miss the trip to the London Stadium.
Liverpool have been hit by a host of injuries to key players with Wijnaldum joining Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane in the treatment room at Melwood.
‘At half-time I asked immediately and the ankle was already swollen,’ Klopp said of Wijnaldum’s injury.
‘It’s probably not a good sign. We saw a kick in the game and didn’t think it was too serious. Then it was swollen. We’re not sure if he twisted it or not. For sure, we have to make a scan.’
Coutinho has missed the last two games due to injury while Lovren hurt himself in the warm-up before the Huddersfield game last weekend.
Lovren and his defensive partners have come in for serious criticism at Liverpool in recent weeks after a slew of dreadful performances.
The Croatian’s replacement, Ragnar Klavan, has failed to inspire much confidence and Klopp is hopeful Lovren may be available for the West Ham game.
‘I would say it will be really close,’ he said when asked about Coutinho’s and Lovren’s availability for West Ham.
I don’t think Phil is able to play, but with Dejan we have to see. It is different with Dejan. It’s not the same problem Phil has and he is not out for that long a time.
‘But Gini [Wijnaldum] is out so maybe there will be a wonder or something like this and Phil is in. But I don’t think in the moment that he can play.
Liverpool travel to West Ham on Saturday looking to record a third win on the bounce on the back of two 3-0 victories and consecutive clean sheets.
The Reds will want to head into the upcoming international break on a high after a difficult few weeks on Merseyside.