Joe Gomez fears he could miss the rest of the season in another devastating injury blow for Liverpool.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp already has concerns that Gomez’s knee injury suffered while on England duty is serious and could also lead to him missing the Euros next summer.
That would be a devastating blow for Liverpool who are already without Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season meaning Joel Matip is their only remaining fit senior centre half which is a serious setback to their hopes of retaining the title.
Gomez sustained the injury in training on Wednesday, there were no other players around him and he just collapsed amid screams of “pain and distress” before he returned to Liverpool to have scans on his knee and to ascertain the level of damage.
Liverpool defender Gomez missed the 2018 World Cup through injury and the worry is it could be a similar knee problem to the cruciate ligament suffered five years ago which kept him out long term.
England boss Gareth Southgate admitted he was left devastated because he is particularly close to Gomez after also working with him at under-21 level.
Southgate said: “I hate to see any of our players suffer and there is nothing worse…one of the worst things as an international manager is that you are borrowing players and something happens on your watch.
“You feel a responsibility and you start to go back but in this instance there is just nothing we would have done differently.
“But, yeah, you just don’t want to see players missing for any lengthy period of time. Having been a player, that’s the toughest thing in the sport and Joe’s experienced that a couple of times which is why we are even more hopeful that this isn’t that sort of situation.
“I can’t tell you how serious it is because he’s yet to have scans. What was upsetting was to see him in a fair bit of pain. There was nobody around him when it happened and I didn’t like that element of it. We’ve got to wait for the scan.
“We can’t speculate on the exact nature of the injury. Our immediate thoughts are with him because he’s had difficulties in the past. We are hoping and praying that it won;t be a long one, but we will just have to see.”
England keeper Nick Pope added: “Joe made a pass or movement with nobody around him and ended up on the floor and was obviously in a great deal of pain.
“To see Joe go through something like that and see how much pain he was in wasn’t easy for me or any of the lads.”
Liverpool’s England right back Trent Alexander-Arnold is already out with a calf problem and Klopp may be forced into the market in January as Brazil midfielder Fabinho has had to play as an emergency centre half with Nat Phillips and youngster Rhys Williams the only other options.
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