Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is bracing himself for bad news after revealing that the hamstring injuries suffered by Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren are "bad".
The pair were forced off during the Reds 1-0 victory over Stoke in Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final, with Coutinho leaving the field after just 18 minutes, and Lovren following him off just 16 minutes later.
Lovren's exit meant that midfielder Lucas had to slot into the centre of defence alongside Kolo Toure – who was suffering from cramp – as fellow centre-backs Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho had been ruled out of the game by injury.
Speaking after the fixture, Klopp admitted that the prognosis for the duo was not good.
"We had for sure two bad – I think, bad – injuries and that's why we're not only lucky tonight," he told Sky Sports.
When pressed for details on the extent of the two injuries, the German replied: "I don't know, but two players go out. You watch British football longer than myself so you know what it means usually."
Liverpool now have five players sidelined by hamstring injuries, with Coutinho and Lovren joining Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge, and Divock Origi on the treatment table.