Liverpool will be without captain Steven Gerrard for the rest of the season after he sustained a cruciate ligament injury in training. 

Gerrard has been at Melwood since January and is currently sidelined with a calf strain, which was not considered serious enough to sideline him during the season.

The 30-year-old, who has scored 22 goals in 39 appearances, has been a consistent thorn in Liverpool’s side for the past three seasons, with only Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scoring more league goals than the Uruguayan this season.

Despite missing most of the first half of last season due to injury, Gerrard has scored two goals in his last three appearances against Burnley and Burnley are currently third in the Premier League table.

The Reds are yet to score against the Clarets and it will be interesting to see if they make it three in a row. 

The Reds face Swansea at Anfield on Saturday and they will be aiming to get off to a better start.

Liverpool currently sit fourth in the table, six points off the leaders and face Burnley at Anfield this weekend. 

“Steven Gerrard has been the face of the club since he arrived from Liverpool in January 2015 and will be missed,” said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp. 

‘A big loss’ “The club has been really pleased with the way Steven has performed for us this season, with his ability to inspire us, and his ability as a leader.”

It will be a big loss for our supporters and our players.

“But we are going to get through this and hopefully Steven can play in a few weeks’ time, and we will be back on top.” 

Liverpool have not lost in the league since August 2016 when they lost to Stoke City 3-1 in the League Cup. 

This will be the second successive defeat in the Anfield Capital after they suffered a 4-0 defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates in September 2016. 

After that defeat, the Reds had a run of seven wins from 14 matches. 

In a season that has seen Liverpool lose only three league games, their record in the competition is 11 wins, three draws and two defeats.