The path to Premier League glory had a untimely obstacle placed in front of it with Jurgen Klopp confirming that central defender Joe Gomez will be out for a lot longer than first thought.
The England international had been in career best form during the first few months of the season, teaming up with Virgil Van Dijk to form a formidable partnership at the heart of the Liverpool defence.
Gomez has had to overcome some real obstacles in terms of injuries at his time with the club, and the youngster found himself back on the treatment table in early December when he suffered a hairline leg fracture against Burnley after a challenge from Clarets defender Ben Mee.
While initial hopes were that the 21 year-old would be out for six weeks, with the injury refusing to heal accordingly, that timeline has since blown out to such a extent where it is unknown when he will play next.
When questioned on the issue at press conferences during the past month, Klopp has been particularly guarded about the status of Gomez, basically giving the obligatory answer 'no' when asked if his return was on the horizon.
However that changed on Friday when the German was pressed on the issue once again, this time giving a gloomy outlook on his prospects for a return in the near future.
The Mirror reported Klopp as saying:
" It is about the healing, and we will see how exactly we will do it.
" Does he need an operation? “I don’t know. We will see. It is possible, probably.
" It is not exactly going how we want, he needs more time. We will see exactly how we do it.
There were different moments we thought we could do this or that and then it was not exactly how we thought (it would be).
“It will take time. We cannot say more.
But the Bayern game is not a realistic target, no. After that, any time, you will see.”
If that wasn't a blow in itself, news came to light that Dejan Lovren had aggravated a hamstring injury that he sustained in the third round of the FA Cup, while Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss the game against West Ham on Monday night as he is still recovering from a knee injury.
Lovren was on the bench for the clash against Leicester in midweek, but was a unused substitute.
With the news of the injury setbacks to two of our central defenders, it means that the role of Joel Matip has grown in extra importance.
Prone to the odd injury at the best of times, it is vitally important the Cameroon international stays fit in the foreseeable future to partner Van Dijk.
Failing that, it will be down to a temporary fix such as Fabinho, but the downside to that is you are depriving yourself a midfielder who is growing in confidence in the role that he was brought to the club to do.
The discussion about whether we should have reinforced our stocks in January will naturally come to the fore after these setbacks along with the decision to send Nathaniel Clyne on loan to Bournemouth.
However we cannot afford to look back and dwell on what could have been done , instead it's time to focus on who is available and the task at hand.
As it has been said time and time again, the next three months will be akin to torture.
But if we do win the the title come May, overcoming these little obstacles put in our way will make the victory all the more special.