As Liverpool head into the a tricky-looking Christmas period in which they will face three of their main rivals for a Champions League spot, there are a select number of players who will be more important to the Reds than ever.
With both Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard likely to be out injured until the new year (via The Telegraph) and Jordan Henderson reportedly struggling with an ankle problem (via The Independent), Brendan Rodgers' squad is beginning to look a little thin.
Losing any three first-team regulars through injury is always a problem, but in losing the above mentioned trio, Liverpool have lost three real key members of their starting 11.
Losing your captain is always going to cause problems, but losing a captain who has as much influence on a team as Gerrard, then coping without him is a tough ask.
Jordan Henderson meanwhile has arguably been the Reds' most improved player of the 2013/14 season.
Often ridiculed, the hard-working midfielder—along with Gerrard—is the only Reds player to start every one of his side's 15 Premier League games (via ESPN).
These injuries do however provide others with an opportunity to stand up and be counted and to prove that the side can cope in the absence of key men.
Read on to discover which three players will be vital to the Reds over the busy festive period.