Conor Bradley will miss Liverpool’s game against Burnley on Saturday after attending the funeral of his father this week.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed the 20-year-old Northern Ireland international is still with his family and will be given as much time as he needs to grieve.
Bradley, who has impressed in his breakthrough season at Anfield, lost his father Joe last Saturday following a long illness. The funeral took place in Ulster on Tuesday.
Klopp said: ‘At the moment the boys is with his family and that’s the best place. He gets as long as he needs.
‘I think from next week on he will be back in training but we have to wait and see. If he doesn’t feel ready for that, that’s fine as well. There’s absolutely no rush from us.
Jurgen Klopp has said Conor Bradley won’t be rushed back into Liverpool action after the 20-year-old lost his father, Joe, last weekend
Joe Bradley, who ran a business called Derg Commercials, was able to see his son’s debut after a fellow disabled supporter gifted their wheelchair bay
Joe sponsored multiple youth trophies for St. Patrick’s Football Club in Castlederg, Northern Ireland
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‘The only thing we just want to support him as much as we can.
Klopp also has Ibrahima Konate, Dominik Szoboszlai, Thiago Alcantara and Mo Salah unavailable for Saturday’s home game against Burnley but had positive news about Salah who was injured on AFCON duty for Egypt.
The superstar winger is making progress from a hamstring injury and could rejoin his team-mates on the grass next week which would see him able to play in the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea at the end of the month.
Klopp added: ‘Mo is going in the right direction. We hope, but we don’t know, that he can be a part of parts of training next week.
‘He is going through all the paces now and it looks positive. It’s either next week or the week after. If you ask him, it’s next week!’
Endo Wataru is eligible to face Burnley having returned from the Asian Cup following Japan’s exit.
The game could see Liverpool record their highest-ever attendance for a league game with the upper tier of the Anfield Road stand opening on Saturday.
Szoboszlai (hamstring) continues to be a doubt for the Carabao Cup final but Klopp indicated Thiago would be able to play again this season after suffering a fresh muscular injury against Arsenal on Sunday.
Klopp said Mohamed Salah may return to training on grass next week after a hamstring injury