Liverpool defensive crisis worsens after defender Joe Gomez suffered an injury on international duty for England.
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, went down during a training session at St George’s Park on Wednesday, with fears the center-back could now be out of action for a lengthy period of time
The Premier League champions confirmed the news on Wednesday on their official social media “England have announced Joe Gomez has withdrawn from the squad for their forthcoming internationals after sustaining a knee injury in training. ,”
“The defender will undergo further diagnosis on the issue with our medical team.”
.@England have announced Joe Gomez has withdrawn from the squad for their forthcoming internationals after sustaining a knee injury in training.
The defender will undergo further diagnosis on the issue with our medical team.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 11, 2020
England manager Gareth Southgate Speaking to reporters”There was nobody around him when the injury happened. We all hope that it is not what it might be. It’s not a good situation. We can’t speculate on the exact nature of the injury.”
Jurgen Klopp will be restless, hoping the injury is not serious, with Liverpool already limited in defense at the early stage of the 2020/21 season campaign.
Liverpool, number one center-back, Virgil van Dijk, had a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament last month. Fabinho filled in for the injured Dutchman, only to suffer a hamstring issue a week later and is yet to return to full training.
Trent Alexander-Arnold limped off in the Reds, 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Sunday adding to Klopp’s injury list and he is set to be out for up to a month.
Klopp had to filled emergency center backs in Rhys Williams, 19, and 23-year-old Nat Phillips and also considering using the captain Jordan Henderson.
After Sunday game , the German tactician joined Pep Guardiola in criticising the league’s decision not to allow five substitutes per team this season, a move which all of Europe’s other top leagues have since adopted.
It’s a lack of leadership,” Klopp told his post-match press conference at the Etihad on Sunday. “[Premier League chief executive] Richard Masters sold it completely wrong. It’s not an advantage [to be able to use five substitutes], it’s a necessity. It happens in other countries, it was sold completely wrong and now you have this situation.”