Liverpool absolutely battered Bournemouth on Saturday. The Reds walked to a 3-0 win on the South Coast, a victory that saw impressive performances from some of the side’s rotation options. Despite the comfortable victory and encouraging displays from second choice players, there was one downside. Dejan Lovren sustained an injury that saw him replaced by Joe Gomez at centre back before half time. This is a short term blow that could have long term benefits.
The Reds started the game with Joe Gomez at right back and Dejan Lovren in the middle. The injury forced the Croatian off, with Trent filling in at right back, allowing Gomez to move across.
Last season Joe Gomez was Jürgen Klopp’s first choice partner for Virgil van Dijk. The English defender had his leg broken by Ben Mee in December 2018 and subsequently missed the end of the season. Upon his recovery, Joel Matip was immovable from the defence.
Since Matip has dropped out of the side with injury, Lovren has stepped up – keeping JoGo on the sidelines. There can be no doubt that the ex-Charlton man has a bright future at Liverpool, the question is when he will reclaim a regular starting berth.
The Dejan Lovren injury could thrust Joe Gomez back into the lineup, this could be massively beneficial for Jürgen Klopp in the long term. Gomez needs minutes if he is to fulfil his potential and, given his enormous potential, there will be plenty of sides looking to unsettle him if he can’t get into the Liverpool side.
Of course, the knock to the Croatian is not thought to be serious – the gaffer dismissed it as little more than cramp. However, with an intense fixture schedule ahead, we will likely see Lovren missing more games due to this muscle soreness.
Although the Lovren injury is a short term blow, it does have its long term benefits.