Martin Skrtel’s long awaited return from injury has been delayed after Jurgen Klopp claimed the defender has suffered a recurrence to the injury he picked up against Watford before Christmas.
The centre-back has missed our past 12 matches due to his hamstring problem, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be available in February either.
“He’s a little bit re-injured. He needs another two or three weeks. We have to see,” Klopp told the press-conference ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s Sunderland clash, reported in the Echo.
In his absence, Klopp is likely to stick with Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho as his first choice pairing, although Steven Caulker and Kolo Toure are primed to take part in any FA Cup fixtures in between.
Caulker especially has done well since arriving on loan from QPR, and could perhaps push out of form Sakho for the Frenchman’s spot in the starting XI.
Many Liverpool fans wanted Skrtel out of the side before his injury, but we’ve actually missed him in his absence.
The 30-year-old is our most experienced defender and a nastier prospect than his rivals for the starting positions. Judging by Klopp’s timeframe, there’s an outside chance he’ll be ready for the League Cup Final on February 28th.