Liverpool have 11 days until their first game of the season. The transfer window closes in just over a month. However, Jürgen Klopp won’t want to wait until the last minute to make any decisive changes to his squad. The Reds still have business to do, particularly given that they are down a defender. Many have discussed the club bringing in a new fourth choice centre back this summer – Liverpool could consider dropping Joe Gomez should the right signing become available.
Liverpool sold Dejan Lovren to Zenit this summer for a fee of £10.9m.
The Croatian had fallen to fourth place in the pecking order at Anfield, moving him on made sense for all parties.
He is now getting regular first team football and the Reds have pocketed a tidy sum for their troubles.
The loss of Dejan Lovren has left the Reds without a fourth choice centre back ahead of the new season, given the injury record of Virgil van Dijk’s two potential partners, that is a worry.
Injury ridden defence
Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have both had a terrible time with injuries in recent seasons.
In the 2018/19 season Gomez missed at least 23 games due to an ankle injury. Whilst last season Joel Matip missed 20 games with a knee problem.
We must also remember the 52 games that Gomez missed with cruciate ligament injury at the start of his Liverpool career.
Drop Gomez for stable choice?
Joe Gomez is just 23-years-old, he still has over a decade left in his career. He can and will improve as a defender.
So far all the talk of a defensive purchase has been of a fourth choice, however, given Joe Gomez’s injury record it may be wise to invest in a less injury prone first choice partner for Virgil van Dijk.
We can cross our fingers that Gomez’s injury woes are behind him, he had a clean bill of health last season, but we cannot exclude the possibility that he could have another lengthy spell out just around the corner.
Given that he has so much time left in his career, we could afford to rotate Gomez in for cup games and when other players need a rest, whilst giving Van Dijk a partner he knows is less likely to drop out for months at a time.
It is important to state though, this is only if the right player became available at the right price. Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly have both had injuries woes of their own but not to the extent of Joe Gomez. Has Van Dijk just set an unrealistic bar for fitness?