The 32-year-old, who has completed every minute of the Reds’ Barclays Premier League campaign to date, has been playing through the problem according to first-team coach Mike Marsh.
“It’s looking more and more likely that he might require surgery,” Marsh told Liverpoolfc.com on Wednesday. “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.
“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.”
There was good news elsewhere, however, as the former Reds midfielder declared a clean bill of health for the rest of the squad currently in action.
“It’s pretty much the same, the long-standing injuries that we’ve got are on the road back to recovery.
“One or two are a little bit closer — Fabio Borini has joined in, Raheem Sterling is now back out on the pitch and Martin Kelly is also outside. We’re back to almost a full compliment.”
Italian international Borini revealed earlier this week that he had returned to full training at Melwood — and Marsh explained that the forward could feature as early as this weekend.
“It has gone really well. He’s been involved in training for the last week or so, non-contact,” Marsh added. “He had the all-clear from the surgeon and joined in during the last couple of days and it’s looking really good. He might be included on the bench at the weekend, it might be the week after. He’s coming to the time when he can be included off the bench pretty soon.
“It’s been difficult for him — he’s picked up a couple of serious injuries which kept him out for the majority of the season. We’ve hardly been able to use him so it will be like an extra player. We’re looking forward to that.”