Chris Wilder has injury problems at Sheffield United (Glyn Kirk/PA).

Sheffield United employer Chris Wilder believes the injuries to his essential gamers is a larger blow than Virgil van Dijk’s lack for Liverpool.

The Premier League champs are set to be without their talismanic main protector for a prolonged duration after he damaged an anterior cruciate ligament throughout the Merseyside derby.

Van Dijk needs knee surgery after being clattered by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford last weekend.

Nevertheless, ahead of the Blades’ trip to Anfield to play Liverpool on Saturday, Wilder has injury problems of his own, with Jack O’Connell (knee) most likely to be out for the remainder of the season and Lys Mousset (toe) and John Fleck (back) numerous weeks away from making a return.

Wilder revealed when he anticipates striker Mousset to step up his healing, prior to putting the 2 club’s injury issues into perspective.

” We are intending to get Lys back on the grass, that’s about 6 to eight weeks away, while John Fleck will hopefully be back next month,” stated the Blades manager.

” There’s three big players missing out on for us, with Jack O’Connell probably out for the season too, however it’s all relative. There are constantly gamers that are going to be out injured, and you simply need to get on with it and cope as finest you can.

” However us losing O’Connell, Fleck and Mousett are substantial blows for us and I would say bigger blows to us (than) what Van Dijk is to Liverpool, in my viewpoint, reasonably, as we look as a football club.

” We all have to go through these situations however there are still some world class players (at Liverpool) and though they have lost one world class player for a lengthy amount of time, they have other world class gamers to come in.

” We all desire our finest and most consistent team out there as injuries impacts consistency and rhythm, it definitely has for us, and it doesn’t make the task any much easier. Their efficiency levels didn’t dip last night (in the Champions League against Ajax) and I’m not expecting it to on Saturday.”.

Tape signing Rhian Brewster could make his complete debut for Sheffield United versus his former club.

The 20-year-old striker, who signed up with the Blades earlier this month in a deal that might be worth approximately ₤ 23million, made his very first appearance for Wilder’s side as a second-half substitute in the draw with Fulham.

Max Lowe needed to be withdrawn with a head injury in that video game and the Blades are waiting for a physician’s report before choosing if he takes a trip to Merseyside.