Liverpool's defensive crisis deepens with Gomez injury

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Liverpool's defensive crisis reached new depths on Wednesday after it emerged that Joe Gomez had suffered a potentially serious injury while training with England, sources told ESPN.

It is not known how serious the problem is or to what extent, but Gomez has reportedly suffered another setback with Liverpool fearing the 23-year-old will face a long period on the sidelines.

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England boss Gareth Southgate is due to hold his press conference ahead of the friendly against the Republic of Ireland at 6.30pm GMT and will provide an update at that time.

Any prolonged absence from Gomez would cause Jurgen Klopp a major headache as Virgil van Dijk is already at risk of missing out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was ruled out for up to four weeks with a calf injury while Fabinho, who replaced the center-back, suffered a hamstring problem late last month.

Liverpool therefore had only one recognized center-back in form, Joel Matip, in addition to youngsters Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips.

They were already expected to enter the transfer market after losing Van Dijk and choosing not to replace Dejan Lovren, who was sold to Zenit St Petersburg in July, and a long layoff for Gomez would not make that increase the likelihood of signing new signatures.

Gomez was likely to play a leading role in this month's England matches – continuing with two Nations League clashes against Belgium and Iceland over the next seven days – but his injury will likely increase Klopp's fears that players are being asked too much in a busy schedule.

“The Premier League has to change. Sky, BT, you – everyone needs to talk to each other, ”Klopp said after Liverpool's 1-1 draw at Manchester City last Sunday, after Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed his side had “Set up to fail” by being selected for Saturday's midday game after playing in Turkey the previous Thursday.

“Do you want good football? Give the boys a few more hours. These boys need a break. It is a difficult time. We want to play, of course, but I heard Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] yesterday too and I understand it 100%. We are in this situation quite frequently.

“I already spoke to the Premier League and spoke to Pep [Guardiola] before the game about the five substitutions. Everyone watching is like, “Oh, that's interesting.” But we have to change things and help the players. We want to play football, it's great. But playing Wednesday night, then 12:30 on Saturday is a crime and we have to change that. “


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