Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool central defender Martin Skrtel has encountered a setback in his recovery from injury.
Skrtel hasn’t played since limping off with a hamstring injury during the 3-0 defeat to Watford on December 20.
Following scans it was believed that the Slovakian would only miss six-weeks of action, targeting Saturday’s clash against Sunderland as his comeback match.
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However, manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that the 31-year-old will face a further three-weeks on the sidelines after picking up a reoccurrence of his injury.
Liverpool have been poor defensively throughout this season, conceding 34 goals in the Premier League - just six more than Aston Villa in rock-bottom.
At one stage, Liverpool were without a central defender due to injuries to Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure and Klopp moved to sign Steven Caulker on loan in January to help ease the injury crisis.
Since then, Lovren, Sakho and Toure have returned to full fitness but Liverpool have still leaked 12 goals in their previous five league matches, missing Skrtel’s aerial prowess.
The Reds have also conceded the most amount of goals from corners in the league this season and the absence of Skrtel has contributed to this.
Unfortunately, it seems that it could be another three weeks before Skrtel is back in the first-team which means he could miss the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City at the end of February.