Liverpool FC have suffered a major blow with the news that skipper Steven Gerrard will be out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

The midfielder limped off early in the second half of Saturday's 4-1 win over West Ham and a scan has confirmed the extent of the damage.

Boss Brendan Rodgers will have to embark on a crunch run of festive fixtures without his talismanic captain.

Gerrard is expected to be sidelined until mid-January – meaning he could miss as many as eight matches.