Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Daniel Sturridge is unlikely to feature again for the Reds in 2014, having suffered a third consecutive injury in training.
The Reds boss admits Sturridge is devastated by his latest injury, having already missed the clubs last 14 matches in all competitions.
Rodgers said: “He’s a player that doesn’t want to be out for this length of time. The last time he played was August, and with his ability and qualities, he wants to be playing football.
“I think probably now is the time for him to go away and for us as a football club to see what we can do to get him onto the pitch more consistently.
“He is world class talent, but he will only fulfil that if he is playing games. But there is nobody who wants that more than Daniel. He wants to be working and he wants to be playing.
“I spoke to him again this morning at length, and he’s as down as I’ve ever seen anyone in terms of not being able to help the team.
“He will go away, into the New Year, with the medics and everyone at the club, to hopefully find the answers that will allow him to perform over a consistent period of time.
Rodgers added: “The England injury was one of a number of injuries. This is over a period of time, this isn’t just over the last six or seven months. As I said, I think he’s had nine on the same thigh over the years.
“We will look across his time as a player, to see where we can find ways to get him out playing.
“He’s a joy to work with, a brilliant young man and there is no-one more frustrated than him at this moment in time.”