Liverpool are preparing to take on Sheffield United this evening.

The Reds have suffered with injury problems throughout the season so far. The champions have had to deal with a number of blows this season including significant absences for Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. Joel Matip then joined the duo on the sidelines.

It has now been confirmed that Jordan Henderson faces a significant spell out injured after suffering a groin problem in the Merseyside derby.

Diogo Jota, however, is very close to a return after a knee injury.

Here are the most recent updates on the Liverpool injury list including full details on when they could be expected to return.

Jordan Henderson

Reds captain Jordan Henderson has undergone successful surgery on the groin injury he suffered against Everton.

Liverpool are refusing to place a timescale over when he will be due to return but it is understood that Henderson will be able to play again before the end of the season.

It had been reported earlier this week that Henderson was set to miss about three months of action but that speculation is wide of the mark.

It is more likely that Henderson will be sidelined for around half of that.

Fabinho

Fabinho missed the Leicester match due to what Jurgen Klopp called a 'little muscle injury'.

He wasn't fit enough for the games against Leipzig or Everton.

Klopp said on Friday: "Fab was not yet with the team, that can happen I think tomorrow [Saturday], his first session with the team."

His return, therefore, should not be too far away now.

James Milner

James Milner left Liverpool's defeat to Leicester early due to a hamstring problem.

Like Fabinho, he missed the win over Leipzig and defeat to Everton.

And again like Fabinho, Sheffield United may come just too soon for him.

The boss explained the situation with Fabinho on Friday (see above) and added that it was "the same for James Milner".

Diogo Jota

Jota was expected to be back in in mid-February after suffering a knee injury in early December.

The Portuguese international was expected to be out for two months with the problem but only this week returned to full training.

He could now play some part against Sheffield United.

On Friday, Klopp explained: "Diogo trained now twice with the team, looks very good, very good, but it he was a long time out so we have to see what we can do with that.

"In training he looks really promising."

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Joel Matip

Matip was replaced by Nathaniel Phillips at half-time of the Reds' game against Tottenham, leaving the 23-year-old to play alongside captain Jordan Henderson in the centre of defence.

Following the 3-1 win over Spurs, Jurgen Klopp confirmed Matip had suffered ankle ligament damage.

The Reds then confirmed on deadline day that Matip will miss the remainder of the season.

Klopp said: “We will wait for him. He has now the rest of this season, then the summer, then the pre-season to get ready again and he will be ready again.”

Joe Gomez

Gomez underwent a successful operation to repair tendon damage after suffering a significant injury during training with England back in November.

“[It is] a tough one but the surgery was successful, so he is now already recovering first from the surgery and then starting the rehabilitation," Klopp said.

“He is with his family, so he is in the best possible place I would say. That’s it, pretty much. Rehab has started now.

"After surgery you count from that moment backwards and we help as much as we can, but for the first few days all of the boys after surgery probably feel pretty alone.

"But when you have your family around – and that’s the case for him – then it’s as good as possible, that’s it.”

No timescale has been set on Gomez’s recovery, with Liverpool not completely ruling out the possibility of the centre-back playing again this campaign.

Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool will be without Van Dijk for the majority of the season at the very least after he sustained a serious ACL injury against Everton.

He underwent successful surgery in London but Liverpool are reluctant to put a timeframe on his return.

He was later pictured working with the club's coaches inside the gym and has been training in Dubai.

Van Dijk has since returned to training outside on the pitches in Kirkby as he works his way back to full fitness.