Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp should usher in defensive cowl when the switch window reopens in January after Joe Gomez joined Virgil van Dijk on the membership’s lengthening harm checklist, says Jamie Redknapp.
Gomez, 23, underwent profitable surgical procedure on Thursday after sustaining a critical knee harm throughout England coaching the day gone by, with Liverpool hopeful he’ll be capable to play some soccer once more in the direction of the top of this season.
Nonetheless, with Van Dijk having additionally picked up a long-term harm knee in opposition to Everton in October, Liverpool can now name upon on only one skilled central defender in Joel Matip, who himself solely returned from harm in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Man Metropolis.
Klopp can utilise the likes of Nathaniel Phillips, Rhys Williams and Sepp van den Berg, however that trio are all in need of expertise, whereas Fabinho – who had been utilized by the German as a makeshift central defender in Van Dijk’s absence – can be presently sidelined with a hamstring harm.
The query now shall be what Liverpool might look to do within the winter switch window, which opens on January 2, however whereas Redknapp thinks it won’t be straightforward to signal a top quality defender then, he has nonetheless urged Klopp to strengthen within the new yr.
In the event you’ve misplaced Gomez as properly, you are definitely trying to get into the market and try to usher in somebody in January or as rapidly as you possibly can, be it a mortgage, be it a signing – but it surely’s not going to be straightforward to get gamers in
“It is a tough one,” the previous Liverpool captain advised the Pitch to Put up podcast. “I’ve heard folks say that they have to exit and get a extremely large signing as a result of Virgil goes to be injured, but when he goes by the appropriate rehab to get match, he isn’t going to be too distant from coming again in perhaps March or April time as a guess. Usually it is six or seven months, he is an extremely match man and he’ll be a superb healer.
“You do not need to usher in somebody for the sake of it for £40m or £50m as a result of you understand you have acquired somebody coming again actually rapidly. However if you happen to’ve misplaced Gomez as properly, you are definitely trying to get into the market and try to usher in somebody in January or as rapidly as you possibly can, be it a mortgage, be it a signing – but it surely’s not going to be straightforward to get gamers in.
“Your palms are tied to a sure extent as a result of right away, everybody is aware of you are determined so the costs are going to get inflated. Liverpool have labored the market so properly, they’ve not at all times purchased the large stars, they’ve made them stars. Virgil stands out as the reverse, they paid £75m for him however what his price now can be, perhaps thrice as a lot as that as a result of he is such an unbelievable participant.
“Defenders are at a premium as a result of there’s not many good ones round that may play like Virgil, that may defend like Joe Gomez, who remains to be a younger man.”
Gomez, VVD out places large stress on Liverpool
In the meantime, Gomez becoming a member of Van Dijk on the Liverpool harm checklist will put large stress on the remainder of the squad, Redknapp believes.
Talking to the most recent Pitch to Put up podcast, Sky Sports activities pundit Redknapp says the stress will now improve on an already-depleted Liverpool, and drew on his personal harm experiences with England.
He mentioned: “I am choked for Joe Gomez if it’s a unhealthy harm. He is a younger man who has already had knee accidents and are available again brilliantly. I am a giant fan of his, he looks as if a extremely good, all the way down to earth participant.
“I bear in mind seeing him a few years in the past enjoying for Charlton within the FA Youth Cup and considering ‘this can be a star of the long run’ and he is definitely proved that at Liverpool. I simply hope it is not going to be something too critical.
“From an England viewpoint, it is a disappointment for Gareth Southgate, however for Jurgen Klopp, if this can be a long-term one and you have no Virgil, no Joe Gomez, that places an infinite quantity of stress on this squad from a workforce that have been red-hot favourites at first of the yr.
“It is definitely going to vary issues and for everyone else concerned, that again two have been so spectacular at instances. It isn’t been straightforward with no Virgil in the mean time, however no Virgil and no Gomez goes to make it much more tough.
“I suffered with accidents enjoying for England and it is actually exhausting to cope with since you’re so proud that you just’re there, however you additionally know it is costing you an infinite period of time in your profession.
“I broke my ankle twice enjoying for England, tore my hamstring enjoying for England, it price me an infinite period of time. In fact you would not swap it for the world, however there’s something so irritating as a result of it ought to be the spotlight to play in your nation however while you come again injured, it is irritating for everyone.
“Proper now, Liverpool want Joe. I assumed he was unfortunate with the penalty resolution [against Man City] however his kind has been actually good and he is regarded like an actual chief.
“Once you’ve acquired somebody like Van Dijk who’s so instrumental and he leads from the entrance, generally you possibly can afford to cover behind somebody like that who’s so nice however with out Virgil, everybody else has to step up and develop into a frontrunner.
“I am certain we have been going to see Joe impress much more than earlier than due to the stress that was maybe on him and also you develop into much more critical about your small business as a result of you possibly can’t depend on the colossus of Van Dijk.”
Aldridge: Klopp has to purchase, Henderson to deputise
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes Jurgen Klopp can have already been planning to make a defensive signing in January and Joe Gomez’s harm can have underlined the necessity for one.
Liverpool are with out Virgil van Dijk for a number of months; Joel Matip, Fabinho and now Gomez have all been injured within the first interval of the season.
Matip is Liverpool’s solely match first-term common centre-back however Nathaniel Phillips, 23, and Rhys Williams, 19, have each impressed after they have deputised this season.
“I believe he has to [buy in January], Aldridge advised Sky Sports activities Information. “With all due respect to Joel Matip he would not have a terrific report with accidents. Fabinho can go in there. (Jordan) Henderson and (Gini) Wijnaldum have performed there. The younger lads have finished terrific. However long-term are they ok? I do not know.
“I believe he has to. However I believe he [Jurgen Klopp] knew that earlier than [Gomez’s injury]. It simply underlines the issue.”
Liverpool face Premier League leaders Leicester of their subsequent match after the worldwide break and could possibly be with out three of their first-choice again 4.
Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss that match after injuring his calf throughout the 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Sunday.
Aldridge believes Jordan Henderson can be higher suited to coping with Jamie Vardy and Co forward of Phillips and Williams.
He added: “Going ahead Liverpool frighten groups. So it isn’t like groups are going to return out and fly out at Liverpool. Leicester within the subsequent sport and (Jamie) Vardy is a bit scary.
“Personally I might go together with Henderson [vs Leicester] however the supervisor is aware of higher and at any time when he has put the youthful gamers in they have not let him down. It will be tough for the younger lads [to face Vardy].”
Whereas the extent of Gomez’s harm is but to be decided, it’s one other defensive blow for Liverpool.
The winter switch window opens on January 2 and the Reds could possibly be out there for defenders if Gomez additionally faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines, however what are their fixtures like till then?
Jurgen Klopp’s facet return to motion on Saturday, November 21 after they tackle present league leaders Leicester, who they are just one point and two places behind in the Premier League table.
Liverpool’s remaining 2020 fixtures
|Sat 21 Nov||Leicester (h)||Premier League|
|Wed 25 Nov||Atalanta (h)||Champions League|
|Sat 28 Nov||Brighton (a)||Premier League|
|Tues 1 Dec||Ajax (h)||Champions League|
|Sat 5 Dec||Wolves (h)||Premier League|
|Wed 9 Dec||Midtjylland (a)||Champions League|
|Sat 12 Dec||Fulham (a)||Premier League|
|Wed 16 Dec||Tottenham (h)||Premier League|
|Sat 19 Dec||Crystal Palace (a)||Premier League|
|Sat 26 Dec||West Brom (h)||Premier League|
|Mon 28 Dec||Newcastle (a)||Premier League|
In December, Liverpool will face Wolves and Tottenham at residence in addition to difficult away journeys to Crystal Palace and Newcastle amongst their Premier League fixtures. They may even face Southampton on Saturday, January 2 – the day the winter switch window opens.
In fact, there may be additionally the Champions League group stage to sort out earlier than the brand new yr. Liverpool have three wins from three so far, and have two residence fixtures to return – firstly, in opposition to Atalanta on Wednesday, November 25, earlier than Ajax on Tuesday, December 1. A remaining away journey to Midtjylland follows on Wednesday, December 9.
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