The latest misfortune to befoul Liverpool on what has been a dreadful week is yet another injury to striker Daniel Sturridge.
After missing almost five months of the campaign with hamstring and thigh muscle complaints, the Reds were hoping the England ace was over the worst of his ailments.
However, Roy Hodgson revealed that he withdrew from the Three Lions squad to face Lithuania and Italy on account of another muscle tear and could be absent for a month.
The news follows the losses of captain Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel to suspensions for violent conduct following misdemeanours in the 2-1 defeat against Manchester United.
These mounting omissions detract more and more value from the 3/1 that says Liverpool will beat Arsenal at the Emirates when Premier League action resumes after the international break.
This, however, isn’t a terrible bet.
As we revealed earlier in the week, losing centre-back stalwart Skrtel isn’t ideal, but Brendan Rodgers needn’t panic too much, for the Reds boast a fine record in the games the Slovakian hasn’t featured across previous campaigns.
More info on how the Merseysiders fare minus their Slovak staple can be read here.
Having drastically improved their win percentage when skipper Gerrard was on the shelf with a hamstring complaint, it’s fair to say the club have a failsafe contingency in place to cope without their veteran midfielder, so he won’t be missed too badly on his three-game sin bin stint.
The latest setback suffered by their glass goal getter is a disappointing one, but certainly not disastrous, as this graphic we at news.bwin.com brought to you earlier in the year indicates, Liverpool are well rehearsed in managing without the former Manchester City and Chelsea star.
They may have won at a significantly improved rate with Sturridge in the side this season, but the Reds’ 22-game domestic undefeated streak bookended by Man Utd losses started long before he returned from the aforementioned lengthy lay off.
In Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert, they boast a pair of ancillary hitmen who are proven Premier League goalscorers, even if they haven’t been at their best this term.
Their biggest win of the season – a 4-1 routing of Swansea – was recorded when Sturridge was holed up in the sick bay too, so they have the means to get by without their unreliable line leader.