Liverpool's Lucas Leiva to miss 5-6 weeks but Daniel Sturridge fit
LIVERPOOL -- Liverpool will travel to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday without Lucas Leiva -- and manager Jurgen Klopp said the Brazilian would be out for five to six weeks.
Daniel Sturridge is available, however, after being rested for Wednesday's 3-0 win over Manchester City in what was a rematch of last weekend's Capital One Cup final, which City had won in a penalty shootout.
Taking a spot-kick was how Lucas sustained a quad injury, but Klopp revealed on Friday that the midfielder, who again filled in at centre-back for the final, had already carried the injury and had aggravated it.
"Lucas is worse than we thought," he told a news conference. "He's really unlucky. It was because he was a little bit injured before, then after the penalty it went.
"I don't know exactly how long he's out but but five or six weeks."
Lucas' centre-back partner that day, Mamadou Sakho, was withdrawn in the first half with a head injury and Klopp said the Frenchman's situation was yet to be clarified. Sturridge, however, was ready to resume.
"Today was his first day back in training so we have to see in training tomorrow," he said. "Daniel trained today completely OK."
The manager said that he had more selection options than ever before as they looked to climb the Premier League and continue their challenge in the Europa League.
"Today we trained with a really big group, I hope it stays like this," Klopp said. "There are tough decisions -- we need this.
"Before it was 11 fit, go again, six or seven out. Now we have to use this quality to change, rest, go, with two very exciting outstanding tournaments."
Tom is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. Follow him @writertombell.