Joe Gomez has been one of the big plus points in an impressive start to the season from Liverpool.
The England international centre-back has established himself as a first-team regular under Jurgen Klopp, taking full advantage of Dejan Lovren’s late return from the World Cup to nail down a starting place alongside Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Reds’ back line.
But, with the hectic festive fixture schedule looming, Liverpool have suffered a bitter blow with Gomez ruled out for six weeks with a fractured leg.
The former Charlton Athletic defender sustained the injury in a coming together with Ben Mee in Wednesday’s 3-1 Premier League win at Burnley. And, reacting on Twitter, former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer could hardly hide his despair.
If Gomez is indeed out for the next month and a half, he could miss around ten games including crucial domestic clashes against Manchester United and Manchester City, plus the make-or-break Champions League battle with Napoli at Anfield.
But his absence does give Lovren (below) or Joel Matip the chance to force their way back into Klopp’s plans.