Dejan Lovren was expected to return to Liverpool in high spirits after reaching the World Cup final with Croatia.
However, the defender suffered a pelvic injury, which has kept him on the sidelines ever since the defeat to France in Russia.
Joe Gomez has stepped in to partner Virgil van Dijk in all four of Liverpool’s Premier League matches, all of which they have won.
The 21-year-old spent last season as a right-back, but has slotted in well to the central position.
It was widely thought that Lovren would take back the position alongside Van Dijk when he returned to fitness, but now it is not so certain due to Gomez’s impressive form.
In addition, it seems that the Croatian centre-back will not be playing any time soon as The London Evening Standard reports that Lovren is unlikely to return to action until October.
On Reddit, some Liverpool fans have been posting their reactions to the news, with one supporter concerned that the defender’s absence will affect Mohamed Salah, who has formed a friendship with his teammate over the last year.