Anfield skipper still a while away from comeback.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is expected to be out until September because of a groin problem.
Gerrard, 31, began a course of antibiotic treatment for an infection on Saturday and is expected to remain in hospital for several days.
Groin surgery ended Gerrard’s season in March but he had expected to be back for the start of the new campaign.
The midfielder could also miss England’s two Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales.
Gerrard missed his side’s pre-season tour of Asia this month in order to try to regain full fitness for the start of the new season on 13 August, when Liverpool play Sunderland at Anfield.
He will also miss Premier League fixtures against Arsenal and Bolton, with the trip to Stoke on 10 September a likely target date for his return.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Whilst this is clearly not great news for Kenny Dalglish it will give the Liverpool boss a chance to try out youngster Jordan Henderson with the Sunderland man thought to be a long term successor to the Anfield hero.
Gerrard has been out for quite some time and many at the club had hoped that the months of rehabilitation that followed the end of last season would help to bring the England international refreshed to start the new campaign but it appears that Liverpool will have to make do without the mercurial midfielder for at least a month of the forthcoming term.