LIVERPOOL’S defensive nightmare worsened as captain Jordan Henderson became the latest casualty in the 2-0 defeat to Everton.
The England star, who had been deputising at the back due to the Reds extensive injury list, was forced to hobble off against Everton.
Liverpool have lost Jordan Henderson to injury with Jurgen Klopp fearing the worstCredit: Reuters
The 30-year-old came off just before the half-hour mark at Anfield forcing Jurgen Klopp to turn to Nat Phillips.
Klopp later confirmed he is fearing the worst, with Henderson set for a scan on Sunday.
The German boss said: “It’s the groin/adductor region and nobody in the medical department was positive about it.
“It doesn’t look good, but we have to wait, of course, for the scan tomorrow, hopefully.”
Phillips partnering new signing Ozan Kabak means that the Reds have been forced to play 17 different centre-back pairings this campaign.
Henderson is now the third Liverpool player set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after playing in the Merseyside derby this season.
And he’ll join fellow makeshift defender Fabinho in the treatment room with the Brazilian yet to recover from his latest injury.
Joel Matip is already out for the rest of the season after suffering ankle ligament damage in the 3-1 win at Tottenham last month.
Talisman Virgil van Dijk, widely-regarded as the best centre-half in the world, is out after undergoing surgery for a ruptured ACL.
And Joe Gomez is also in a race against time to be fit for the end of the season after suffering a serious knee injury while on England duty.
Liverpool were already attempting to recover from Richarlison’s early goal that had Everton ahead at Anfield after two minutes.
The Brazilian beat the offside trap to collect a weighted pass from James Rodriguez and cooly finish past Alisson.
It only got worse for the Reds after the break.
In a surprisingly flat performance, Liverpool struggled to break down a resolute Everton side who fought for every boy.
Michael Keane was inspired at the back, while Jordan Pickford made a couple of crucial saves – including in a one-on-one with Mo Salah.
Gylfi Sigurdsson secured the points with a late penalty after Trent Alexander-Arnold had brought down Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The win means the Merseyside rivals are now level on 40 points, although Everton have a game in hand.