Liverpool FC are furious with the Football Association's treatment of Jordan Rossiter after he returned from international duty with a hamstring injury, adding to their long list of crocked players.
The 18-year-old midfielder played three full games in five days for England Under-19s in Macedonia over the recent international break, picking up a hamstring injury as a result.
The Reds' Academy graduate was the only outfield player to play so extensively, with Jürgen Klopp and co. left angered by Aidy Boothroyd's use of teenager.
Rossiter joins Danny Ings and Joe Gomez, who have both suffered anterior cruciate ligament ruptures earlier this week, on the sidelines - with Jordan Henderson, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Jon Flanagan also unavailable for Klopp's first game at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Rossiter joins growing injury list after international break injury
Rossiter, who made his league debut at Arsenal under former manager Brendan Rodgers earlier in the season, has been in the matchday squad for seven of the Reds' 11 fixtures so far this season.
The Everton Valley-born midfielder played the full 90 minutes in England U19s 2-0 win over hosts Macedonia, as well as their 1-0 victory over Finland and a 0-0 draw against Italy as they progressed to the elite phase of qualifying after finishing top of their group.
But he is facing a spell out of action as a result, having suffered from the gruelling conditions in Southeast Europe. Whilst Liverpool are not yet aware of how long the injury will keep Rossiter out for, he is definitely out of the trip to Spurs and could spend two to three weeks on the sidelines.
The Reds are convinced that the injury has risen from ill-judged treatment of the youngster, straining tensions between the Merseyside club and the Three Lions further.
With relations having become tense since Daniel Sturridge was poorly looked after in post-game training last season, which led to a culmination of injuries which severely restricted the striker's season.
Manager Roy Hodgson caused a stir when he insisted that he left Raheem Sterling out of a European qualifier versus Estonia after complaining of fatigue, something which the now Manchester City denied to have complained of.
And the injury picked up by defender Gomez, which has ruled him out for the rest of the season alongside Ings, in England Under-21s' win over Kazakhstan on Tuesday night has not helped.
The England team's initial assessment described the knock as only a minor one, but the Reds discovered that the full extent of the damage would require more serious surgery - as Klopp said the club did not receive the "best" information from the FA.
With Rossiter out alongside several other absentees, Liverpool have taken youngsters Pedro Chirivella, Jerome Sinclair and Conor Randall down to London for their clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.