No Sadio Mané or Jordan Henderson or Adam Lallana has put Liverpool in a difficult position as they enter the final month of the season knowing they need to win all four of their remaining games—and that even then they won't be guaranteed a top four finish and a place in next season's Champions League.
Losing three of your key performers would be a blow to any side, and though Liverpool managed to grind out results against West Brom and Stoke, they stumbled against Crystal Palace. The good news is that one of their missing stars, Adam Lallana, is targeting a return against Watford on Monday.
Not only that, but he believes that he will be ready to play a significant role this weekend, as he Tweeted out a positive update today following his return to training earlier in the week. Coming after manager Jürgen Klopp's hopeful response to questions about Lallana on the weekend, this is a very good sign.
T minus 6 days and counting: Watford on my mind pic.twitter.com/iwTiJLvQx3— Adam Lallana (@officialAL20) April 25, 2017
"Maybe Adam can come back for the next game," had been the manager's response following Sunday's loss to Palace. "It would help us in different situations of course, and we have now five or six days to train before Watford. We will use it and it will not be easy but it's possible it's enough."
In other injury news, Jordan Henderson remains sidelined and it is far from certain he will play again this season while Mané is certain to miss the rest of the year and Daniel Sturridge is now also set to be out the rest of the season following the re-injury to his previously damaged hip.