Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has been ruled out for two months with knee ligament damage, the Express understands.
The Brazil international picked up the injury twenty minutes after coming on as a substitute in the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool have slipped to fifth place in the Premier League after losing 2-1 at Chelsea – their second defeat in three days.
The Reds took the lead on three minutes through Martin Skrtel, before goals from top scorer Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o swung the game in favour of the hosts before the break, and that is how the score remained.
Liverpool are set to join Arsenal in the race to sign Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, the Express understands.
The France international was strongly linked with a move to the Emirates during the summer, but remained at St James’ Park to a mixed reaction from Magpies’ fans.
Liverpool were made to settle for a point at St James Park on Saturday lunchtime, twice coming from a goal down to draw 2-2 with Newcastle United.
France international Yohan Cabaye fired in from long range to give the hosts the lead half way through the first half before Steven Gerrard equalised with a penalty three minutes before the break.
Steven Gerrard has denied claims that he sent a text message backing Harry Redknapp for the England job before Roy Hodgson was appointed, BBC Sport understands.
The Liverpool skipper has said that he doesn’t have Redknapp’s personal number, but admitted that he did contact his former teammate, and Redknapp’s son Jamie giving his support should the current Queens Park Rangers manager, who was favourite to be appointed at the time, get the nod.
Liverpool secured their fifth win in seven league games this season by beating Crystal Palace 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The result was enough to see the Reds briefly return to the top of the Premier League, only to be again replaced by Arsenal following their draw at West Bromwich Albion yesterday afternoon.
Luis Suarez last night admitted that he will be staying at Liverpool, the Mirror understands.
The Uruguay international has been linked with a move away from Anfield since the end of last season, and has constantly stated that he doesn’t want to remain on Merseyside.
Stewart Downing is set to become the latest player to be moved on by Brendan Rodgers, with Newcastle United hopeful of agreeing a cut-price deal for the winger, according to the Express.
The 29 year old was told by Rodgers last autumn that he was free to find a new club, but the winger managed to force his way back into the Reds first team during the second half of the season.