Liverpool's chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League have been dealt a major double blow with the news that Glen Johnson and Lucas Leiva will both be out of action for a considerable period of time.
Manager Brendan Rodgers said Johnson, the influential Reds defender, has been struggling with an ankle problem for much of the season, while Lucas was injured last weekend.
Rodgers said: "Glen has played a lot of the season having been injured and really put himself out for the team but unfortunately he's struggled a lot.
"The timeline he'll be out will be indefinitely. We'll just need to assess that and see how quickly he comes through that.
"He's had a real bad ankle for a period of time and just one or two other issues that haven't allowed him to be 100 per-cent.
"I think everyone has seen over many years the speed, fluency and how good he's been but for part of this season he's been restricted and that's obviously been difficult for him.
"But he's put himself out for the team to train and to play and I just think it's now at that point where we need to get him right."
Rodgers also confirmed that Brazilian Lucas would be sidelined for a 'few months' after sustaining a knee injury against Aston Villa.
He added: "I am disappointed for Lucas because he's been very, very important for our squad this season.
"It was something that was innocuous really and has put him out for a few months.
"Hopefully, he'll get back sooner rather than later. In the meantime that leaves us short of a really good player."
Liverpool are already without the services of Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique, Jon Flanagan and Daniel Agger.