Houllier laments Kirkland loss
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kirkland damaged a groin in the England Under-21s' pre-game warm-up against Portugal, with the club initially believing the keeper would be out for a month.
A detailed assessment has thrown up a more serious problem, with French tactician Houllier saying the keeper will be sidelined until November.
Houllier said: "It's a groin tear so it is four weeks without doing anything, and then two weeks of rehabilitation work.
"So do not expect him to be playing before two months.
"This time we are losing a keeper and Henchoz also but we know that can happen and we have a big squad.
"But I just hope that some times people understand that the international breaks are not welcome at club level."
Houllier had more positive news on Michael Owen, saying he expects the England marksman to pledge his long-term future to the club.
"In due time we will be discussing it (contract)," said Houllier. "We know what he wants, he is keen to stay here and we are keen to keep him."