Daniel Agger is not expected to be sidelined for long, despite missing Monday night’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
Agger was a surprise absentee from the Reds starting line-up, with French international Mamadou Sakho making his debut for the club alongside Martin Skrtel in central defence.
The Danish international suffered what the club are reporting as a “knock” on Sunday evening and was forced to sit out of the game at Swansea.
The Reds’ vice-captain travelled with the team to Wales to give the Danish international every chance to feature at the Liberty Stadium, but the decision was taken not to risk the defender.
The Reds looked slightly rattled and uncomposed at the back with Sakho making his debut and Skrtel playing for only the second time this season.
20-year-old Andre Wisdom also started at right-back, covering for Glen Johnson who is sidelined for around 5 weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Wisdom was replaced by Kolo Toure shortly after the hour mark – the Ivorian international coming back from an ankle injury which had kept him out of Liverpool‘s 1-0 win over Manchester United two weeks ago.
Brendan Rodgers also has new Portuguese centre-back Tiago Ilori as an option for Saturday’s visit from the Saints at the weekend.