Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Saturday’s mouth-watering clash against Arsenal at Anfield has come too soon for James Milner.
The veteran midfielder is an important man for the Reds and defies his age to continually deliver when called upon by the Merseyside outfit.
However, Milner sat out Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day and will not be ready to return against Arsenal.
The versatile Reds star is joined by Dominic Solanke, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip on the injury list.
From a more-positive perspective, Alberto Moreno has recovered from a back complaint and after training with the team this week, could be in contention to be included in the Liverpool matchday squad.
“Millie is Millie and that means he is again ahead of schedule,” Klopp told the official Liverpool website.
“He had, yes, a little bit with the [hamstring] muscle. He will not be available for tomorrow, that’s not possible, but hopefully the game after that he will be available again.
“Alberto trained for the first time really pain-free yesterday so he will probably be in contention. Dom Solanke has muscle problems and will not be involved. Joe obviously not, and Joel not. Both are doing well and making big steps but it will take some time.”
Liverpool have a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table after going half a season unbeaten, with hushed talk of a possible title this season for the historic Merseyside outfit.
However, with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City breathing down their necks, Klopp and the Reds fans will know that a slip-up against an able Arsenal side would shake confidence.