James Pearce has revealed that Liverpool will be without James Milner for the rest of the month after the Englishman suffered a hamstring injury against Man City on Sunday afternoon.
The former Leeds United man has become hugely important to the way Jurgen Klopp sets his side up and is a regular starter for Liverpool and as such, his absence after the international break will come as a blow.
Milner left the pitch after half an hour of play and trudged off to sit on the bench, with Naby Keita entering the fray in his place. After the game, Klopp told reporters: “How much [serious]? It’s too early, I don’t know,” said the manager.
“I asked him ‘big one?’ and he said ‘I don’t think so, but big enough that I go off.’”
James Pearce, reporter for the Liverpool Echo, claims that Milner will be out for the rest of October and will definitely miss the Huddersfield game on October 20 while he could miss Cardiff City, Red Star Belgrade and Arsenal as well.
Given the Englishman’s importance to the side, his absence will be a major blow to Klopp’s plans for the month ahead but it might pave way for Fabinho to make his presence in the squad felt.
The Brazilian could come into the squad and play as the no.6, with Wijnaldum and Keita/Henderson playing further forward but barring any other injuries in the midfield, the Reds should be able to cope without Milner for a few weeks.