Liverpool Injury News: Joe Gomez blow gives fringe players big opportunity

It was confirmed on Thursday that Liverpool defender Joe Gomez will be out for up to six weeks after fracturing his leg in his side’s 3-1 win against Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the England international started at right-back in Lancashire as the Reds looked to keep the pace with leaders Manchester City, but he was stretchered off midway through the first half following a tackle by the hosts’ Ben Mee which saw Gomez fly into the hoardings.

Klopp confirmed post-match that the 21-year-old had suffered an ankle issue and suggested that it was a nasty one, which is another big blow for a young player who has already had his fair share of injury problems ever since he moved to Anfield in 2015.

From the German manager’s comments it suggests that the former Charlton man could be out for a while – potentially until 2019 – which means that he would miss the big Champions League clash with Napoli and the crucial Premier League matches against Manchester United and Arsenal at Anfield in December, and even the trip to Manchester City on January 3.

What should Klopp do now?

Well, Joel Matip made his first league start since September against the Clarets and it seems as though we could be seeing a lot more of the rarely-seen 27-year-old in the coming weeks, as he will be competing with Dejan Lovren for a centre-back spot alongside Virgil van Dijk.

The injury could also provide a chance at redemption for 5ft 9in Nathaniel Clyne at right-back, with the 27-year-old seemingly looking to be on his way out of the club in January having found himself as the third-choice option and having only featured for 90 minutes all season.

Klopp might be relieved in a small way about Gomez’s absence seeing as it gives him less of a selection headache when it comes to whether the England man should be starting at centre-back or right-back, but he will also be praying that none of his three senior centre-backs pick up any issues ahead of the busy festive period.