James Milner suffered a hamstring problem during Liverpool’s draw at Brighton on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.
It means the versatile 34-year-old could be set for a long spell on the sidelines after starting his third game in six days, joining a lengthy and growing injury list for the Premier League champions.
Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (all knee), Trent Alexander-Arnold (calf), Naby Keita (hamstring) and Xherdan Shaqiri (muscle) are all currently ruled out, and Klopp confirmed Thiago and Oxlade-Chamberlain are unlikely to be back for games against Ajax and Wolves this week.
Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has only just returned after a thigh injury sustained on international duty with England, coming off the bench in the 1-1 draw at the Amex.
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Pascal Gross’ controversial injury-time penalty, awarded after a VAR intervention, gave Brighton a 1-1 draw against champions Liverpool.
With the game at 1-0 heading into stoppage time, Andrew Robertson was adjudged to have kicked the foot of Danny Welbeck in the box, and after going over to the pitchside monitor, Stuart Attwell awarded the spot-kick, despatched down the middle by Gross.
Brighton had already missed a first-half penalty – Neal Maupay struck a penalty wide after Neco Williams had brought down Aaron Connolly (20) – before Diogo Jota looked to have given Liverpool the victory, dancing past two challenges before finding the bottom corner (60), his eighth strike in eight Liverpool games.
The result means Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League for 24 hours at least, two points ahead of Tottenham and three ahead of Chelsea as they face off on Super Sunday. Brighton sit 16th with 10 points from 10 games.