Jose Enrique has suggested on Instagram that Liverpool may need to sign two centre-backs in January, depending on the severity of Joe Gomez’s injury.
The 23-year-old is the latest Reds star to suffer an injury this season, with centre-back partner Virgil van Dijk already sidelined with a long-term problem.
Gomez sustained a knee injury during a training session with national team England and has now had to pull out of the squad, with Liverpool confirming (official website) that he will now be assessed by their medical team.
There is no official word on how long Gomez may be out of action for, but the Times reported on Wednesday that there are fears he could miss the rest of the season.
Ex-Liverpool star Enrique has claimed the Merseyside giants may need to bring in two centre-backs in the January transfer window if it’s a long-term absence for the Englishman.
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Joe Gomez suffered an injury during training with England today. Gareth Southgate is likely to provide an update this evening at a press conference ahead of the Republic of Ireland game (Paul Joyce). Is incredible what is happening to us this season with the injuries as well I hope I'm wrong but I hear that it can be a serious injury but the source is not 100% sure. What are you thoughts? You believe we need to sign a center back in January? For me I already thought that we need it a center back but now I'm not sure that we even need two depends on how long Gomez is out for. What you think? #LiverpoolFC #joegomez Edit via @bloodred_lfc
With Van Dijk already missing for Liverpool, it looks like they’ve now lost Gomez for a period of time as well and that’s last season’s first-choice centre-back pairing unavailable.
It’s going to be a real puzzle for manager Jurgen Klopp to try fix in the heart of his defence and it won’t be a surprise if they dip into the market in the New Year, as they are striving to win the title for a second year running.
Midfielder Fabinho has proven he has the ability as a stand-in centre-back and he could be joined by senior figure Joel Matip, albeit the latter has been injury prone in his career.
That leaves inexperienced duo Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips as cover, but all of a sudden the defensive options should look extremely short for the reigning Premier League champions.