It appears that Jürgen Klopp will have to count on just two senior centre backs for the rest of the month after it was revealed that Mamadou Sakho could miss up to two months with knee ligament damage. Kolo Touré should be fit towards the end of the month, but Klopp's options seem to be thinning by the day. Martin Škrtel and Dejan Lovren are the only fit centre backs available, beginning to live life on the edge Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne.
The consolation for everyone connected to the club is the knowledge that Sakho has not torn his ACL, which would have ended his season. The Guardian reported that further scans, tests, and awkward silences will be needed on Tuesday to ascertain the full extent of the ligament damage. Apparently a six to eight week absence is expected.
The 25-year-old was withdrawn from the France squad in an expected move and will join a long list of injured players. Klopp made it clear how important Sakho was in typically forthright fashion and wouldn't be pleased with any players returning from international duty with injuries.
It's a delicate time for Liverpool in terms of squad depth defensively, including defensive midfield. Maybe it's time for a few defenders to be linked with a move to Liverpool instead of attacking players. However long Sakho is out for, it is hoped that he can recover well enough to quickly slot in at central defence. It's a chance for Lovren to show what he can do, but Liverpool's best centre back will be sorely missed.