Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher will be sidelined for up to six weeks with the shoulder injury he suffered at West Brom last weekend.
However, while the Scotland international will miss Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool and several games beyond, the news is significantly better than was first feared.
Defender John O'Shea, who came off with a niggle during Tuesday night's 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Peterborough, is expected to be fit and midfielder Lee Cattermole could also figure after coming through that game unscathed, while full-back Phil Bardsley is close to returning from a broken bone in his foot.
Defender Daniel Agger is set to return for Liverpool after being left out of the midweek League Cup defeat against Man United because of a side strain.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has to decide whether to continue with the three centre-halves he fielded at Old Trafford as right-back Glen Johnson (ankle) is still out injured.
Midfielder Joe Allen (hamstring) is absent while Philippe Coutinho is still recovering from a shoulder operation.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Toure, Agger, Skrtel, Sakho, Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Suarez, Sturridge, Moses, Jones, Kelly, Alberto, Aspas, Sterling, Ibe.
Sunderland: Westwood, Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Cuellar, O'Shea, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Cattermole, Cabral, Gardner, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Vaughan, Mavrias, Altidore, Wickham, Ji.