Nathaniel Clyne will not return for Liverpool until the new year after undergoing back surgery.
Clyne has not featured for the Reds this season because of a back problem he sustained in a pre-season friendly with Tranmere Rovers in July.
In a statement, Liverpool said there were « no complications » with the operation.
It added: « Clyne is on course to return to action in the new year and be available for selection once more for Liverpool, though no specific time frame has been placed on his return. »
Posting on Twitter, the right-back wrote: « Frustrating period for me but hopefully now things are on the up! Had a small & successful op and working hard to get back on the pitch. »
Championship Review: Sheffield United go top
Billy Sharp scored twice as Sheffield United moved back to the top of the Championship with a 3-1 victory at Burton Albion on Friday.
Sharp netted the opener from the spot in the 10th minute after being brought down by Kyle McFadzean, before Matt Palmer equalised for the hosts with a 25-yard strike.
The Blades captain converted a Mark Duffy delivery to restore the lead three minutes later, and Leon Clarke wrapped up the win with a second-half header, having earlier hit the post.
The result moves Chris Wilder’s men a point clear of Wolves at the summit, with the deposed leaders set to travel to Reading on Saturday, although their joy was tempered by an injury – thought to be a broken leg – that saw Paul Coutts taken to hospital.
The Blades are victorious in Friday night’s encounter at the Pirelli Stadium #twitterblades #sufc #forgedinsteel pic.twitter.com/ZKn252cBae
— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) November 17, 2017
Burton, meanwhile, have now lost five consecutive home matches and sit one point clear of the relegation zone.
Bolton Wanderers, meanwhile, missed an opportunity to climb out of the drop zone after being held to a goalless draw by Preston North End at Deepdale.
Schurrle: Dortmund couldn’t deal with Stuttgart counter-attacks
Andre Schurrle felt Borussia Dortmund paid the price for a lack of dominance and a susceptibility to counter-attacks in their 2-1 loss to Stuttgart.
Peter Bosz’s side suffered their third Bundesliga defeat in a row at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Friday, with Chadrac Akolo and Josip Brekalo scoring for the hosts either side of a Maximilian Philipp strike following a missed Schurrle penalty.
Schurrle, starting a league game for the first time this season in place of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was dropped for a breach of discipline, felt Dortmund responded well to the blow of Akolo’s fifth-minute opener but should have done more with their first-half chances.
The former Chelsea man also called on his team-mates to improve their defensive organisation in order to stop other teams exploiting them on the break.
« I think we played a good game, especially in the first half after the almost own-goal, » he said immediately after the match. « We came back strong, had good control and played some good football. But we need to score more goals.
« In the second half, we didn’t dominate the game as we wanted. It went from in front of their goal to the other goal and, as Borussia Dortmund, you can’t let the game happen like this. We have to dominate and work the ball. We can’t give them so many good chances. »
1 – Josip #Brekalo is the first Croatian player to score for @VfB_int in the #Bundesliga since Zvonimir Soldo back in 2005. Nostalgia. #VfBBVB pic.twitter.com/H84X39Y1gb
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) November 17, 2017
Dortmund lost Sokratis Papastathopoulos at half-time but Schurrle refused to blame Stuttgart’s second goal on replacement Dan-Axel Zagadou, who failed to stop the run of Brekalo.
« Dan came in and played a really good game, » he said. « But when you’re as open as we are, and they play so many counter-attacks, it’s difficult to win games. »
Dortmund now face a daunting run of fixtures, with their Champions League fate to be decided against Tottenham and Real Madrid amid league games against fierce rivals Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen.
Schurrle, however, sees it as a chance to show the Dortmund fans the team is prepared to fight to improve.
« It’s a good opportunity. It’s the most important game for our fans and you saw they were behind us but were very frustrated at the end and disappointed with us, » he added.
« We need to go back, work on our shape, build some stamina and then go and play in the Champions League and the derby. »
Pernickety Pep tells Man City to keep striving
City have won 10 and drawn one of their 11 matches to date — matching Chelsea’s 2005-06 record — and scored 38 goals, 15 more than any other team.
But Guardiola has told his side they can perform even better ahead of Saturday’s trip to Leicester City.
« The moment they don’t believe they can be better, that’s the moment we crash, » the 46-year-old told reporters on Friday.
« They will make a big mistake when they think we’ve done enough. When we analyse the results, there is nothing to say.
« But when you see the games — picking out the mistakes — and we have 10 mistakes the same, then there is a reason to work for the future. »
City have won their last 15 games in all competitions since a 1-1 draw with Everton in August, including a penalty shootout success over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Cup.
Not only is that a club record, but it is also the best run of any English team in football history.
They have also scored 52 goals across all competitions this season, which is the best goal tally for an English side after 17 games in the Premier League era.
Guardiola, whose side are eight points clear of second-place Manchester United, still wants to see an improvement from his players, but says he is not a perfectionist.
« We’ve missed some easy balls. When we defend deep, we are not completely organised, » said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.
« There was a clear counter-attack during our last game (a 3-1 win over Arsenal) that we didn’t finish. When one guy makes a bad pass or bad control, we can improve that.
« It’s impossible to be perfect, but it’s (possible) to be better.
« We cannot deny that we’re happy in terms of results, but it’s the same as when we were winning games at Barcelona and Bayern Munich: you can always do better.
« We can improve individually and collectively. Opponents are going to create more and more problems.
« How are we going to solve that? The perfect game, team, players, managers do not exist. »
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