Joe Gomez fears he could miss the rest of the season following a knee injury sustained on international duty with England, The Mirror reports.
Jurgen Klopp was left concerned that his latest injury blow could have serious ramifications for Gomez, who could miss another major tournament for England with Euro 2021 scheduled to take place next summer.
Liverpool are already without Virgil van Dijk for a sustained period meaning Joel Matip represents the club’s only recognised central defender, his expected long-term partnership at the back with Gomez lasted for precisely just the one start against Manchester City.
The Cameroonian defender already has a worrying record with injury, his appearance at the Etihad Stadium was his first in three weeks and only a third Premier League start in 13 months.
According to the report, Gomez suffered the injury in training when there were no other players around him before he collapsed amid screams of ‘pain and distress’.
Gomez has since returned to Liverpool where he will undergo scans before a further diagnosis is made as to the extent of the injury.
The 23-year-old defender missed the 2018 World Cup through injury and the worry is it could be a similar knee problem to the cruciate ligament suffered five years ago which kept him out of action for the best part of a year.
England manager Gareth Southgate admitted he was left devastated by the setback to a player he has also worked with at under-21 level.
He said: “I hate to see any of our players suffer and there is nothing worse…one of the worst things as an international manager is that you are borrowing players and something happens on your watch.
“I can’t tell you how serious it is because he’s yet to have scans. What was upsetting was to see him in a fair bit of pain. There was nobody around him when it happened and I didn’t like that element of it. We’ve got to wait for the scan.
“We can’t speculate on the exact nature of the injury. Our immediate thoughts are with him because he’s had difficulties in the past. We are hoping and praying that it won;t be a long one, but we will just have to see.”
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Gomez’s injury is nothing shy of a gargantuan setback in regards to Liverpool’s Premier League title defence.
Having begun the season with three experienced central defensive options as well as Fabinho as additional cover, Klopp has seen every member of his defensive quartet other than Andy Robertson forced to spend a sustained period on the sidelines.
In retrospect, of course, Liverpool could have looked at adding another defender to compensate for the departure of Dejan Lovren, but to have seen all four of his recognised centre-backs sustain injuries this season just could not have been predicted.
All of a sudden Liverpool are in a race against time to get to January without their form taken a detrimental hit.
Edwards undoubtedly will be meticulously orchestrating a few potential deals behind the scenes, the key for Liverpool is that a ready-made addition is handed to Klopp from the first moment the window is open.
Dayot Upamecano and David Alaba are among the top candidates Klopp could look to bring in January.
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