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12th Nov 2020

Liverpool handed boost as Joe Gomez undergoes knee surgery

Simon Lloyd

Gomez could play again this season

Joe Gomez has avoided any ligament damage following the knee injury he suffered during England training on Wednesday.

The Liverpool defender has since undergone a successful operation on a tendon and, though the his club are reluctant to estimate when he is likely to be back in action, a return before the end of the season cannot be ruled out.

A statement from the club did, however, warn he will miss a ‘significant’ part of the rest of the campaign.

News of Gomez’s injury will have come as a great concern to his club, with the Premier League champions already light on numbers in central defence.

Virgil van Dijk is likely to be absent for the remainder of the campaign after suffering a grade three tear of his ACL as a result of a challenge from Jordan Pickford in the recent Merseyside Derby.

Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is also facing a spell on the sidelines following an injury he picked up during the 1-1 draw with Manchester City last weekend, with Joel Matip only just returning from an injury concern of his own.

A hamstring problem for Fabinho, who has filled in as a makeshift central defender, has compounded Jurgen Klopp’s defensive problems.

Irrespective of the relatively positive update on Gomez, it seems almost certain the club will look to bring in at least one new signing in the January window to help provide cover for the second half of the season.