Liverpool will be without Joel Matip for three weeks, Jurgen Klopp revealed after their 0-0 draw with Newcastle.
Liverpool did keep a cleansheet without him, with Nat Phillips partnering Fabinho at centre-back, but there are concerns about the lack of experienced centre-half options at his disposal.
And Klopp will have to find a way to cope without Matip for several weeks, which will likely include matches against Southampton, Aston Villa, Manchester United and Burnley.
‘The normal stuff with these kind of injuries, around about three weeks,’ said Klopp.
It was a frustrating night at the other end of the pitch for Liverpool, who couldn’t find a way through Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
‘We found a lot of solutions today, created chances but didn’t use them thats why it’s 0-0,’ Klopp told Amazon Prime.
‘But I liked the game – this is a draw which we are not happy with the result but I’m fine with the performance because that’s the way we have to play and protect we did all that but it’s still disappointing. It is how it is.
‘We had all these moments – it’s normal. We had to keep going and they defended with all they had but then we were left with just one player up front.
‘Played super football but we have to respect the result and take what was right and what was wrong. I don’t think much was wrong except the finishing and we have to just keep going and if we can finish those things then we will win football games.
‘When life gives you lemons make lemonade. We have to keep going, next game, Southampton, Aston Villa, Man United and that’s good we know about our responsibility. We didn’t get the result we wanted but it’s not the worst thing in the world there are worse things happening.’