The Reds have suffered greatly on the injury front this season, and it seems like their woes extend to their players who are out on loan, too.
Sepp van den Berg, currently on loan at Schalke II, has endured a troublesome campaign in Germany with ankle injuries at the forefront of his loan spell.
The Dutchman impressed in the initial weeks of his move, but an ankle ligament injury in October had pushed back all progression the youngster had made.
Five months on the sidelines later and van den Berg was back in action against FC Duren, where things seemed to get worse for the 21-year-old defender.
FC Duren took an early 2-0 lead in the first 19 minutes, with a comical own goal from the Liverpool loanee an unfortunate talking point.
Van den Berg managed to secure 90 minutes in a game where his side mounted a superb comeback.
A twisted ankle in training after, however, just added to his ever-growing list of injury setbacks, as he will now serve another spell out of action.
Schalke manager Thomas Reis explained van den Berg’s situation on Thursday and what it meant for the upcoming contest against Dortmund in the Revierderby.
“None of the injured players will return,” the boss told reporters.
“Sepp van den Berg has suffered a slight setback, but we’re just being cautious with him.”
The belief was that the starlet would return to Anfield following a successful season in Germany, but that still remains up in the air with only four senior caps for Schalke.