Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will miss today’s home date with Sunderland with calf injury.
The England international has missed numerous training sessions at Melwood this week and Jurgen Klopp will not risk him against David Moyes’ side.
Sturridge, who was plagued by knee and hamstring injuries last season, has started just four Premier League matches this season and hasn’t scored a league goal since April.
He picked up a hip problem at the start of the season, which ruled him out of action for one game, but he has been unable to force his way into Klopp’s plans on a regular basis.
Roberto Firmino has established himself Klopp’s first choice No 9 this term.
Sturridge has been linked with a transfer away from Anfield in January with Southampton, Tottenham and AC Milan are reportedly interested.
Klopp meanshile, will also without Adam Lallana, who is still hampered by the groin injury he suffered on international duty.
Lallana missed the draw with Southampton last weekend and missed the stalemate with Manchester United.
“Now I feel bad that he can’t play,” said Klopp.
“Adam Lallana as everybody knows well is an important player for us but it is not about just him.
“Even the games against Man United and Southampton they were completely different. You cannot compare them. That is no reason for us (not to score).
“We don’t know if we can bring the same formation (against Sunderland). We have got a few guys who are struggling a little bit. We have to make a few late decisions.”