Liverpool will be without Steven Gerrard for the first three games of the season after he picked up an infection in his groin. The influential midfielder was forced to miss the final two months of last season after under going an operation on his groin but it was hoped that would be the end of the problem. However, Gerrard has struggled with the injury throughout pre-season and this latest setback is a big blow to the Reds who will be without their skipper for at least the opening three games of the new campaign against Sunderland, Arsenal and Bolton. Gerrard will now spend a few days in hospital before beginning rehabilitation in the hope he will be ready for the trip to Stoke City on September 10th. A club statement read: "Steven Gerrard today began a course of antibiotic treatment for an infection related to an ongoing groin problem. He is expected to remain in hospital for several days while the precautionary procedure is completed. "The player will then return to Melwood to continue his rehabilitation programme and is expected to be available for selection in September."