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Liverpool urged not to panic buy after defensive injury crisis

‘You don’t want to bring in someone for the sake of it for £50m’: Jamie Redknapp urges Liverpool not to panic buy amid their crisis at the back after Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez’s long-term injuries

  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has a selection headache in defence at present
  • The Reds have an injury crisis at the back after Van Dijk and Gomez injuries
  • Gomez fears he will miss rest of season after suffering knee injury with England
  • Van Dijk is set to be out for the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury
  • Jamie Redknapp believes the Reds shouldn’t invest at the back for the sake of it 

Liverpool have been urged by Jamie Redknapp not to spend big on a centre back for the sake of it despite their injury crisis.

Injuries are seriously mounting up in defence for Jurgen Klopp’s reigning Premier League champions after Joe Gomez joined Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho on the sidelines.

Gomez fears he will miss the rest of the season and next summer’s Euros after suffering a serious knee injury in England training on Wednesday.

Joe Gomez has become the latest Liverpool centre back to sustain a long-term injury

Virgil van Dijk is expected to be out for the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury

Gomez’s setback will come as a massive blow to Klopp, who is also set to be without stalwart Van Dijk for the rest of the campaign due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury while Fabinho is currently sidelined with a thigh issue.

The injury crisis has left Liverpool with just one fit senior centre back in Joel Matip, meaning youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams, who have impressed recently, will be called upon in the coming months. 

But Redknapp is not convinced that the Reds – who are also without Trent Alexander-Arnold for four weeks with a calf strain – need to panic buy and splash the cash to address their injury crisis, claiming Van Dijk could be back not long after a new signing can make their mark.

Redknapp told Sky Sports: ‘It’s a difficult one. I’ve heard people say that they’ve got to go out and get a really big signing because Virgil is going to be injured, but if he goes through the right rehab to get fit, he’s not going to be too far away from coming back in maybe March or April time as a guess. Normally it’s six or seven months, he’s an incredibly fit guy and he’ll be a good healer.

‘You don’t want to bring in someone for the sake of it for £40m or £50m because you know you’ve got someone coming back really quickly. 

Jurgen Klopp has a selection headache to contend with in the heart of the Liverpool defence

‘But if you’ve lost Gomez as well, you’re certainly looking to get into the market and try and bring in someone in January or as quickly as you can, be it a loan, be it a signing – but it’s not going to be easy to get players in.

‘Your hands are tied to a certain extent because straight away, everyone knows you’re desperate so the prices are going to get inflated. 

‘Liverpool have worked the market so well, they’ve not always bought the big stars, they’ve made them stars. Virgil may be the opposite, they paid £75m for him but what his fee now would be, maybe three times as much as that because he’s such an incredible player.

‘Defenders are at a premium because there’s not many good ones around that can play like Virgil, that can defend like Joe Gomez, who is still a young man. I really hope it’s weeks rather than months but I don’t like the rumours that are coming out of the squad.’ 

Gomez was sure to be a crucial part of Klopp’s plans during the coming months given the injury suffered by Van Dijk in his now infamous collision with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Merseyside derby. 

Jamie Redknapp has urged the Reds not to splash the cash for the sake of it at the back

Sportsmail revealed that Gomez suffered the injury in England’s final training session ahead of Thursday night’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland.

Initial concerns are that Gomez is facing a battle to play again this season, a scenario which would almost certainly preclude him from featuring in the European Championships. 

The central defender underwent medical tests on Wednesday night with Liverpool waiting before disclosing the full damage. 

In describing the moment Gomez suffered the injury during training, team-mate Nick Pope said: ‘He made a pass or a movement with no-one around him and ended up on the floor, obviously in distress or in pain.

‘As a football player being on the pitch you know when something doesn’t seem right so you could see he was in a great deal of pain.

‘When you see one of your friends or team-mates go through that it’s not easy so it wasn’t easy for me or any of the lads.’  

Gomez suffered the injury during an England training session on Wednesday morning




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