Joe Gomez: Liverpool plunged into defensive crisis after defender suffers England training injury

Liverpool’s defensive injury crisis has worsened after Joe Gomez suffered an injury while on international duty with England.

Gomez is said to have sustained the unspecified injury in training ahead of Thursday’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate is expected to provide an update on the severity of Gomez’s issue at a press conference on Wednesday evening.

Liverpool are already without Virgil van Dijk, who could miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a knee ligament injury suffered in last month’s Merseyside derby.

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Fabinho dropped back into defence to replace Van Dijk, only to hobble off during the Champions League win over Midtjylland with a thigh injury from which he is yet to return.

Trent Alexander-Arnold faces up to four weeks on the sidelines, meanwhile, after picking up a thigh injury in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

If Gomez faces a lengthy lay-off, the Premier League champions will be left with just Joel Matip as their one fit senior centre-back.

Nathaniel Phillips and teenager Rhys Williams have filled in for Jurgen Klopp during Van Dijk’s absence, while Sepp van den Berg offers another option in the centre of defence.

After Sunday’s draw at the Etihad and Alexander-Arnold’s injury, Klopp urged the Premier League to reconsider the decision to only allow three subsitutions per game despite this season’s condensed schedule.

“In my understanding it is a lack of leadership,” he said. “You go in a meeting and Richard Masters said you want three subs or five subs. It is not an advantage, it is a necessity. In all other countries it happens.  

“Richard Masters sold it completely wrong. It is the only big league where you have only three subs. Trent will be out for England. What he has we don’t know. It will not be the only one Gareth has lost.”

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