Reds face being without the crucial duo of Johnson and Sturridge for some time now.
Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers is facing a double injury setback with both key defender Glen Johnson and in-form front man Daniel Sturridge set for spells on the sideline, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The Merseyside giants have made a brilliant start to the new season, with Rodgers’ side currently sitting top of the Premier League table with maximum points after winning their opening three matches of the new campaign.
However, the Northern Irishman saw England international Johnson forced out of the last of those fixtures, a 1-0 win over champions Manchester United at Anfield, with a nasty-looking ankle injury following a crunching tackle made on Red Devils left-back Patrice Evra in the second half.
But due to the swelling on Johnson’s ankle, the Reds’ medical staff have until now been unable to ascertain just how bad the 29-year-old’s injury was, although scans have since revealed that the attacking right back is facing a ten-week layoff that means the Englishman could potentially not play again until Christmas.
Meanwhile, Rodgers is also currently sweating on the fitness of Johnson’s England colleague Sturridge, who has started the new season in red-hot form by scoring five goals in the club’s first four matches, all resulting in wins for Liverpool.
But with the striker having suffered a thigh injury in the Capital One Cup victory over Notts County at Anfield earlier this month, which the player then aggravated against United, the Reds may now be without Sturridge too for a period of time.