Steven Gerrard has been ruled out for up to six weeks with the hamstring injury he sustained in Saturday’s 4-1 win over West Ham United, according to Sky Sports.
The 33 year old, who has appeared in all fifteen of the Reds’ league game so far this season, underwent a scan on Monday afternoon which confirmed that he will be out for at least a month.
Liverpool go in to the 220th Merseyside derby on Sunday, knowing that defeat will assure they finish outside the top six, and below Everton for a second season in succession.
However, the omens are in the Reds favour, as David Moyes’ men have never won at Anfield during the Scotsman’s eleven year tenure.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will be suspended for ten matches from immediate effect after the club decided against appealing the decision.
The ban was handed to the Uruguayan after he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
Few games in the Premier League are more mouth-watering than Sunday’s clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.
The game marks Rafa Benitez’s return to the club where he spent six seasons, winning the European Cup in 2005, at the same time Brendon Rodgers was head youth coach at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool will be without Raheem Sterling for tomorrow’s trip to Reading, as the club continue to manage the teenager’s thigh injury.
The Reds only other absentees are Martin Kelly, Fabio Borini and Joe Allen, who are all out for the season.
Liverpool go in to Sunday afternoons game with West Ham United with no fresh injury concerns, with Joe Allen, Martin Kelly and Fabio Borini all long-term absentees.
The Reds can keep up the feint hopes of qualifying for next seasons Champions League with victory over the Hammers, who will be without Andy Carroll, who is ineligible for the match.