Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that first choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker could miss up to six weeks through injury.
The Brazilian sustained a shoulder problem during an accidental collision with a team-mate at Melwood on Saturday.
Deputy Adrian once again failed to impress after stepping in for Alisson at Villa Park, committing the error that led to Villa’s first goal in a humiliating 7-2 defeat.
According to Standard Sport Liverpool’s medical staff won’t rule out surgery for Alisson until the injury has settled, though club sources currently consider that outcome unlikely.
Klopp initially expressed doubt that the 28-year-old would be fit to face in-form Premier League leaders Everton in the Merseyside derby on October 17.
Asked about the situation again after Liverpool’s defeat to Villa Park, Klopp revealed that Alisson could actually be missing for a total of six weeks.
It means Alisson could be out of three of the Reds’ opening Champions League group games as well as key top-flight fixtures against the likes of Manchester City, who host Liverpool on November 7.
“No chance to play against Everton. We don’t know exactly.
“Let me say, it could have been worse with that injury, that’s for sure. We were slightly lucky but it’s not that he can play against Everton.
“I don’t want to put a timeframe on it but four weeks could be possible, six weeks is maybe more likely, but I don’t know. We have to assess this thing, that’s how it is.”