0-2 1-2 defeat at the hands of rivals, Manchester United, is the least of the club's worries today. There are bad injuries, and of course long suspensions, that will impact the team over the next few matches, and for the rest of the season.
Most recently, right back Martin Kelly has gone on Twitter talking about how he may be out until 2013. SkySports reports that,
The full-back had to go off towards the end of the 2-1 defeat at Anfield after falling awkwardly and appearing to twist his right leg...
Then Kelly himself went on Twitter announcing that he was going for scan of the injury:
Hoping for the best but fearing the worst ;( got my scan at 8 then will let you guys know x— Martin Kelly (@MartinKelly1990) September 24, 2012
...and followed that up with an admission that his year may be done.
What I can say is its not the worst injury I've had, and for sure ill be fighting for my place next year when I'm back fitter and stronger!— Martin Kelly (@MartinKelly1990) September 24, 2012
Sadly for Liverpool, that only adds to the bad news.
Daniel Agger suffered a suspected medial ligament injury.
The Denmark international was carried off on a stretcher during the second half of the loss to Manchester United which left Liverpool in the relegation zone and without a league victory this season...
Forward Fabio Borini is another injury concern after the £11m summer signing was replaced at half-time because of a bruised foot and a swollen ankle.
Agger could very well be out for the season.
Another concern is that Jonjo Shelvey will miss Liverpool's League Cup match at West Brom and the next two league matches after his sending off.
I apologise to the fans for getting sent off but no way was I pulling out of that tackle in a game of that importance. Im sorry.— Jonjo Shelvey (@shelveyJ) September 23, 2012
Liverpool have had a very rough start to the season, and that is certainly not going to be helped by all this news. But having already played both Manchester teams, Arsenal, and opening the season at a very tough West Brom team (this sounds like all the excuses we were making for Southampton last week, doesn't it?) their schedule opens up a bit with their next three Premier League matches being at Norwich, Stoke, and Reading before the big Merseyside derby, at Everton, at the end of the month.
I think this stretch could see some fantasy interest in Liverpool players. Certainly Raheem Sterling is already in a number of sides as a productive enabler. That will only increase. Luis Suarez is expensive, but pretty consistently returns points. Steven Gerrard is as expensive, and while less consistent, he's still capable of the big day, as we saw against Manchester United. Jose Reina, who I thought was going to be the bargain of the season, is indeed cheap, as is Sebastian Coates, who you think would deputize for Agger.
I'm not saying that Liverpool are going to be world beaters anytime soon. These injury and suspension problems certainly don't help. But they will get more and more comfortable in Brendan Rodgers' system, and they may look a better side over the next few weeks than they have over the past few.