The injury crisis of EPL title holders Liverpool continue to worsen with a BBC Sport report claiming that defender Joe Gomez suffered an injury while on national team assignment ahead in preparation for England’s friendly game against the Republic of Ireland.
Should the injury be confirmed, Joe Gomez will now join Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Arnold on the sideline, a development that is a setback to Jurgen Klopp’s bid to defend the league title.
Troy Deeney said Liverpool made a mistake to have allowed Joe Gomez to embark on a national assignment for a friendly game and not a competition, knowing that there are limited options at Anfield.
The Watford affirmed that the friendly game was ‘meaningless’ and shouldn’t coast a team like Liverpool their players because they already have injury situations at the club.
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“I think when you say meaningless [friendly] you are looking towards England as an establishment and why are we playing these international friendlies right now?” he said
Troy Deeney added that Joe Gomez has played a lot for Liverpool this season and should be rested for such games but the Reds team failed to do the needful
“I just don’t understand why Liverpool didn’t say ‘no, we will refuse you to go to this one because of the current crisis’ and I don’t think anyone could have complained.”
This development will make Liverpool intensify effort in their search for a new defender as soon as the January winter transfer is opened so as to challenge for titles this season.
For the time being, the Merseyside will bank on their youngsters such as Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips to help out before the transfer window is opened.
However, manager Jurgen Klopp has been able to keep the team going without defeats since the injury of Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk.