Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has shown little sympathy to Liverpool with regard to their injury problems ahead of the match between the two sides at Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds have been dealt a huge blow with the news that their talismanic centre-back Virgil van Dijk could miss the rest of the season after suffering an ACL injury in the Merseyside Derby last weekend.
Goalkeeper Alisson and defender Joel Matip are also still sidelined, meanwhile, meaning Jurgen Klopp’s back line is down to the bare bones.
But speaking ahead of his side’s match against the Reds, Wilder suggested it is his squad who are still suffering more from injuries.
When asked about the loss of Van Dijk to Liverpool, Wilder said: “It’s all relative.
“Us losing (John) Fleck, Jack O’Connell and Lys (Mousset) is, I’d say, a bigger loss than losing van Dijk, relatively.
“All clubs go through these periods and situations.
“They still have world-class players and an academy that produces players all the time.
“And those three at the top of the pitch (Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino) can hurt anyone.”
Liverpool go into Saturday’s game on the back of a positive 1-0 win against Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Previous to that they were without a victory in their last three games, however, and will be desperate to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.
The Blades, meanwhile, are still without a win this season, and sit 19th in the table with just one point from their first five games in the league.
Wilder added: “It’s quite easy when you are winning games, but when not it does get tested and no bigger test than Anfield on Saturday regardless of their injury situation.
“We have to work that little bit harder and stick together and believe in what has got us here.
“Believe in the shape even though there is options to change it. It is important for me that belief and confidence doesn’t get affected. We have to go again on Saturday.”
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