Steven Gerrard will more than likely go under the knife this summer to repair a niggling shoulder problem.
The Liverpool captain has been battling through the issue this season but will succumb to an operation at the end of the campaign to get himself right according to Reds first team coach Mike Marsh.
"It's looking more and more likely that he might require surgery," Marsh told Liverpoolfc.com.
"He has been playing with a shoulder injury for quite a while now. We'll try to find the right time for him to get it fixed properly.
"It's not ideal timing, it's going to take quite a while for him to heal. It's a funny injury - it's pretty similar to Joe Allen (who is sidelined after having shoulder surgery last month).
"If it needs repairing, it needs repairing and when he's back fit, he's back fit. There's not much we can do about it."