Liverpool have today confirmed that central defender Joe Gomez has sustained tendon damage in his knee that has required surgery.
The 23 year old picked up the injury whilst in training, for England friendly against Republic of Ireland, on Wednesday.
England manager Gareth Southgate remarked, ‘What was upsetting was to see he was in a fair bit of pain and the fact was there was nobody around him when the injury happened. I didn’t like that element of it’.
Liverpool commented on their official website, ‘No timescale is being placed upon his return, though the issue is likely to rule him out for a significant part of the remainder of 2020-21’.
This is a massive blow for the Reds, having already lost star Central defender Virgil Van Dijk to a knee injury sustained in the Merseyside derby, a big season was ahead for Gomez.
Charlton FC academy product became especially key for the Merseyside team last season, en-route to Liverpool’s first Premier league title – making 28 league appearances, forming a formidable partnership with Van Dijk.
Following Van Dijk’s injury Gomez found himself playing a number of players at centre back, Fabinho, Joel Matip, Rhys Williams and Nat Philips.
This isn’t the first knee injury that Gomez has suffered whilst at Liverpool, in October 2015 Gomez suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury whilst playing for England U21’s that ruled him out for a year.
With Liverpool expecting the injury to rule Gomez out for the majority of the 2020/21 season the attention now turns to how they go about trying to defend their Premier league crown.
With Joel Matip the only recognised senior centre back currently available the Reds will be hoping holding midfielder Fabinho returns to fitness soon, due to his ability to deputise at centre back when needed.
However, it isn’t out of the question that Liverpool will dip into the transfer market when the window opens in January, and have so far been linked to 34 year old Argentine free agent Ezequiel Garay.
This situation for the champions of England is far from ideal, with a congested fixture list, due to Covid-19 and being involved in competitions both domestically and in Europe.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is just one of many managers, including Pep Guardiola, Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to question the Premier leagues decision not to allow five substitutions per game, to help rotation and hopefully prevent injuries – something that Liverpool have so far struggled with this year.
Liverpool will be hoping to get through the international break without anymore injury disasters so they continue their Premier league campaign with what is left of their squad.