Christian Benteke is set to sit out Saturday’s Premier League clash with his former side Aston Villa.
A scan has found that he has a minor hamstring injury and he won’t be risked with the Merseyside derby coming up the weekend after this.
Belgian international Benteke was forced off at half-time during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Anfield with newly-promoted Norwich City.
Brendan Rodgers won’t risk the fitness of the £32.5m man – despite desperately needing a win in the Premiership.
The Reds have not won in five games after the two 1-0 victories at the start of the campaign.
Draws with Arsenal, Bordeaux and Norwich City have sandwiched two woeful defeats against West Ham and Manchester United.
Benteke scored the winner against Bournemouth, although it should have been ruled out, and he scored a stunner in the 3-1 loss at Old Trafford.
Daniel Sturridge returned to action in the Norwich game, while Benteke’s replacement Danny Ings scored his first goal for the club. So Rodgers has options.