Why blow for Joe Gomez could mean salvation for Lucas Leiva

Watford's Troy Deeney in action with Liverpool's Lucas Leiva

Gomez could miss the start of the season for Liverpool, and it could strengthen the case for Lucas Leiva to stay.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Lucas LeivaLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Lucas Leiva

With Joe Gomez sidelined for the start of the season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury, Liverpool are pretty scarce on resources at the heart of their defence. 

The Liverpool Echo are among those reporting that manager Jurgen Klopp will seek to sign a new centre-back before the end of the transfer window in order to strengthen his resources at the back, as it's almost certain Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren will be lining up for the Reds during the opening games of the campaign.

The future of Lucas Leiva, though not talked about so much, is up in the air a little as the Brazilian has just the one year left on his contract at Anfield. 

 

Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action with West Ham's Manuel LanziniLiverpool's Joe Gomez in action with West Ham's Manuel Lanzini

He has been used in both pre-season games so far, captaining the side for a half in each game - and even found the net from the heart of midfield against Fleetwood Town. Goals are a rarity for Lucas.

At times last season, Klopp didn't have any hesitation in using Lucas at the heart of the Reds defence when required - so much so he played the entirety of the League Cup final against Manchester City in that role. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Lucas Leiva celebrate at the end of the matchLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Lucas Leiva celebrate at the end of the match

Some will express concern that he isn't quickest, or tallest, but he has shown he can impress in that role - the semi-final against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium comes to mind after Dejan Lovren hobbled off through injury where he and Kolo Toure put in a commanding display at the back. 

But being versatile is an essential quality in this squad and could ease the headache for Klopp a little when searching for defenders. It's clear he wants to add to his defensive ranks but knowing that he has played someone else there in that role with a degree of success will provide some comfort - and also shows that it would be wise to hang onto the 29-year-old if he wants to remain at the club. 

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva during trainingLiverpool's Lucas Leiva during training

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