Liverpool centre-back Joe Gomez has been warned to ‘grow up very quickly’ after Jurgen Klopp suffered yet another injury blow this week.
The Reds were rocked earlier this month by the news that Virgil van Dijk wouldn’t play again this season.
With Joel Matip also struggling, Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has dropped into central defence as of late to great effect.
But the Brazilian was taken off injured during the Champions League win over Midtjylland on Tuesday night, leaving rookie Rhys Williams as Klopp’s best centre-back option to partner Gomez now.
The former Charlton stalwart, who joined the Anfield side in 2015, is now his manager’s most experienced option for that role.
Gomez isn’t used to being the elder statesmen of Liverpool’s back four and club legend Steve Nicol has warned the 23-year-old that he’ll need to get used to it – and fast.
He said to ESPN: “Joe Gomez has to take the burden of that as he is the only recognised centre-back really left. I can’t imagine Matip being fit again before at least this time next year because he never is. Joe Gomez has to grow up very quickly in the next couple of weeks.”
Liverpool have a massive Premier League game against Manchester City on November 8 and unfortunately for Klopp it doesn’t look like his centre-back options will be any better by then.
It’s profoundly important that Gomez doesn’t suffer an injury between now and then – otherwise this crisis could turn catastrophic.