By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Divock Origi has been ruled out for three weeks after becoming the ninth Liverpool player to be sidelined with a leg muscle injury during Jurgen Klopp’s reign.

The Belgian limped off during the win over Leicester on Boxing Day and won’t return until mid-January.

Liverpool are already without strikers Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge, while Martin Skrtel and Jordan Rossiter are also out.

Origi has joined Martin Skrtel, Simon Mignolet, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho among the nine Liverpool players to have been sidelined with leg muscle injuries since Klopp took over in mid-October.

The Belgium international missed out on Wednesday night as a Christian Benteke goal secured Liverpool a second consecutive 1-0 win, as the Merseysiders following up their Leicester victory with a narrow win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Origi’s injury leaves Benteke as Liverpool’s only recognised senior striker, although Sturridge is closing in on a return after his latest absence.

Liverpool have a heavy schedule in January, which includes a Capital One Cup double-header against Stoke.

  • January 2 – West Ham (a) Premier League
  • January 5 – Stoke (a) Capital One Cup
  • January 8 – Exeter (a) FA Cup
  • January 13 – Arsenal (h) Premier League
  • January 17 – Manchester United (h) Premier League
  • January 23 – Norwich (a) Premier League
  • January 26 – Stoke (h) Capital One Cup