Manchester United has been dealt another major injury blow after it was confirmed that Paul Pogba will miss the Premier League clash with Liverpool, adding to an already mounting injury list that includes goalkeeper David de Gea.
The two sides face off at Old Trafford on Sunday with both clubs enjoying contrasting fortunes this season.
Jurgen Klopp's side is perfect, with eight wins from the opening eight matches, while the Red Devils have endured a miserable start to the campaign and occupy 12th place heading into the match.
After De Gea was forced to limp off during international duty with Spain - and now faces a potential two-month lay-off - the latest news that Pogba will not be fit in time to take on the Premier League leaders leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side light in almost every area.
Forward Anthony Martial also remains sidelined for Sunday, while the likes of Diogo Dalot, Mason Greenwood, Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all doubts.
As revealed by the club, Pogba will not be available for selection after failing to recover from an ongoing ankle complaint - despite attempting to step up his recovery during warm-weather training in Dubai.
With the task at hand already a challenging one, the blow of losing two key players against the Reds will be of no help to United, which is desperately trying to amend a dreadful run of form that has been ongoing since March of this year.
Just two wins from the club's first eight Premier League matches has put the pressure firmly on Solskjaer's shoulders and has seen the manager's tenure in charge of the club turn sour ever since leading the club to an incredible comeback win over Paris Saint-Germain in last season's Champions League.
In his 21 matches in charge since being given promoted from caretaker to permanent boss, he's accrued an average of just 1.14 points per match, compared to the 2.32 he managed in his 19 games as interim manager.