Liverpool defender Jose Enrique ruled out of Merseyside derby with long-term knee injury

Jose Enrique will not feature against Everton. Photo: PA

Liverpool's preparations for this weekend's Merseyside derby have suffered a blow after defender Jose Enrique was ruled out with a long-term knee injury which is likely to require surgery.

Press Association Sport understands the Spaniard has been struggling with the problem for some time and has featured just twice in the Reds' last five matches, with one of those appearances a 30-minute substitute stint.

And there has been further disruption behind the scenes as academy director Frank McParland and head of coaching Rodolfo Borrell have both been removed from their posts.

The club declined to comment on the changes in the youth set-up at their Kirkby base but it is believed the pair have been sacked.