Daniel Sturridge's return to action has been delayed by another week after he was left out of Liverpool's squad to face West Ham this weekend.
Jordan Henderson will also miss the game against the Hammers as Jurgen Klopp's side look to close the gap on the top four at the start of 2016. After scoring twice against Southampton in the Capital One Cup but he suffered a relapse of his hamstring injury in the next game against Newcastle.
The 26-year-old has made six appearances this season and scored four times, including twice in the league. Sturridge recently caused a stir when he declared himself fit, only for Klopp to publicly deny that was the case, telling the England striker he must prove his fitness in training first.
"This is absolutely the same thing that Daniel said four weeks ago,' said Liverpool boss of Sturridge's previous return and subsequent relapse.
"We let him play and he was injured again. He says this, you ask him and he says he's good. I know he is good. But he has to train. We cannot change the situation. He has to train now.
'With him, last week and this week are most intensive weeks in training for Daniel Sturridge in the last three years. So now you can see what we have to do. We cannot say "Come on Daniel! Now you look good, so you can play!"
Henderson meanwhile has been troubled with a persistent heel complaint, and some reports have suggested that his condition is incurable.
The midfielder, who has featured for Liverpool nine times this term, has disputed that claim after seeing a specialist in America to resolve the issue having missed more than three months of action.
Liverpool currently sit in seventh place in the Premier League, five points adrift of Tottenham who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.