Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has suffered a knee injury while on international duty with England, reports The Athletic – and Jose Enrique has urged Jurgen Klopp to take drastic action in the January transfer window.
Gomez, 23, prior to his injury had previously been identified as the club’s only recognised central defender following the potentially season-ending injury suffered by Virgil van Dijk just last month.
Joel Matip and Fabinho have also faced injuries during that period, leaving a lot of the defensive responsibility on the shoulders of Gomez. Matip of course made his return to action against Manchester City at the weekend.
In the absence of both Van Dijk and Fabinho, Gomez – who cost the Reds just £3.5 million [BBC] in 2015 – put in a number of outstanding performances, particularly when partnered alongside the less experienced Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.
Also, with Trent Alexander-Arnold also set to be sidelined over the next four week – following a calf injury sustained at the Etihad Stadium – the news of Gomez’s setback comes as another catastrophic blow to Liverpool’s Premier League title defence.
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Enrique reacted on Instagram to Gomez’s injury, stating that Liverpool could need as many as two central defensive additions in the upcoming transfer market to compensate for so many defensive casualties at Anfield.
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There is no hiding away from the fact that another injury blow for Klopp only intensifies Liverpool’s need for reinforcements come January.
According to reports from 90min, Liverpool already have a shortlist of potential targets which features the likes of Schalke’s Ozan Kabak, Villarreal’s Pau Torres, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykola Matvienko, Sevilla’s Jules Koundé and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano.
Typically, Liverpool would enter the market with a number of determining factors such as price and plausibility which would enable the Reds to group together a number of viable options.
However, in such times of crisis, Liverpool cannot afford to play hard-ball and need to make sure a ready-made replacement is handed to Klopp from the first second the transfer window officially opens.
Enrique is also right to suggest that one defensive replacement may not be enough to fill such a defensive void that currently has just Matip and Andy Robertson as Liverpool’s only recognised defenders.
With that said, Liverpool and sporting director Michael Edwards need to get the ball rolling in terms of finding a couple of solutions in the market and fast.
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