Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that club vice-captain James Milner suffered a “serious” injury during the Merseyside Derby 1-0 victory in the FA Cup third round at Anfield.
The veteran, who has been in the starting XI in the game at left-back position, only managed to remain in the game for nine minutes before coming off after making a tackle.
A much-changed starting lineup nonetheless saw out another home victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side over their local rivals, with 18-year-old academy graduate Curtis Jones founding his first goal for the senior team.
Reflecting on the Reds injuries after the match, Klopp told Sky Sports News: “Two players [Milner and Joe Gomez] started the last game and one of them got injured, so that’s the situation we are in.
“That’s why a lot of managers make a lot of changes; it’s nothing to do with the cup, it’s the timing. [Milner] has pain, that says it’s serious. It’s [his] muscle.”
Following an extremely busy past month, during which Liverpool participated in five separate competitions, the German boss has now has seven players on the sidelines.
Among those names are regulars such as Joel Matip, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne.