Defender Fabio Aurelio admits the loss of Jamie Carragher will be a big blow to Liverpool as they seek to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at Tottenham.
With skipper Steven Gerrard sidelined for a further three weeks with a hamstring tear sustained on England, duty the Reds are likely to be without their vice-captain for a month after he sustained a suspected dislocated shoulder at White Hart Lane yesterday.
Carragher will undergo further assessment at the club's Melwood training ground later today before the extent of the damage can be ascertained.
But it does not look good for the 32-year-old and with Daniel Agger still recovering from a calf problem it leaves only Martin Skrtel - a scorer at both ends against Spurs - and Sotirios Kyrgiakos as the only two fit senior centre-backs.
"We don't know yet how bad Carra's injury is but not having him in the team will be a really big blow for us," said Aurelio.
"We just hope it's not too serious and he's back playing for us soon became he's so important for us."