Jurgen Klopp could be forced to look for a new striker this month after being dealt a fresh injury blow with Divock Origi being told he must sit out another month having undergone knee surgery.
Origi was already absent due to a hamstring problem, but his absence is now extended after he returned to Belgium for the operation.
The youngster is the latest Liverpool player to be ruled out for a critical period. With Daniel Sturridge still no nearer a comeback and Danny Ings out for the season, injury woe that has left Klopp short of defensive cover will be extended to his strikeforce for the foreseeable future.
It means Liverpool have only Christian Benteke available for the next few weeks, and he has been struggling to justify the £32.5million price tag and fit into the new manager’s style of play. Our weekly Red Letter feature suggested Klopp should look to sell the striker due to his inability to fit into the German’s style of football at Anfield.
Klopp has shown more trust in a formation which omits Benteke in favour of Roberto Firmino in an advanced role, although the absence of Philippe Coutinho until next month due to a hamstring strain further complicates his selection options.
Having initially suggested he would stay out of the transfer market until the end of the season, the current circumstances have prompted a rethink with Liverpool now eager to add reinforcements in January.