Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says his squad lacks the depth to cope with striker Daniel Sturridge's absence.
out for up to eight weeks
with an ankle injury and
Liverpool lost 3-1 to Hull in his absence on Sunday.
"The quality of our squad isn't big enough to cope with big players missing. We need as many of our good players as possible," said Rodgers.
"Daniel has been outstanding for us since he has come in. It is a bad period of time to lose him for."
SAS short on back-up?
Liverpool's league goalscorers other than Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez this season:
- Three goals:
Steven Gerrard (pictured)
- One goal:
Philippe Coutinho, Victor Moses, Martin Skrtel
Sturridge, who has scored 11 goals in 14 appearances for his club this season, would miss nine Premier League games if his lay-off is at the upper end of Liverpool's prediction of six to eight weeks.
He will certainly miss December's matches against top-four rivals Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City.
"This little period now will test us," said Rodgers. "We've got players that will come in and it's a great opportunity for them to stake a claim for a place in the team."
While fellow striker Luis Suarez has matched Sturridge's tally of nine league goals, the rest of the Liverpool squad have added only another six between them.
Spaniards Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto, signed in the summer to add firepower to the squad, have yet to secure regular first-team football, while Fabio Borini,
signed for a reported £11m from Roma in July 2012,
is on loan at Sunderland.
an unsuccessful £21m bid for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa
in the summer. Costa, who
admitted he came close to leaving for Anfield,
has scored 18 goals in 17 games for Atletico this season.
Rodgers deployed Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling in support of Suarez in the defeat at the KC Stadium, but was disappointed with his side's lack of cutting edge.
"We lacked quality with the ball, we never created enough and never kept the ball long enough," Rodgers added.
"I always felt we were in control of the game but we needed to show more quality and penetrate a bit more."