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Gareth Southgate has spoken out on Joe Gomez following the Liverpool defender’s knee injury while on international duty.
England’s centre-half sustained the problem during training on Wednesday morning.
Gomez has now formally withdrawn from the England squad for their forthcoming internationals.
And he will undergo further assessment with Liverpool’s medical team as a full diagnosis on the knee issue is awaited.
It leaves Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in a very complicated situation off the back of Virgil van Dijk’s cruciate knee ligament injury last month.
Gomez will join the Dutchman on the sidelines at Anfield, and Southgate has detailed more about the injury to the 23-year-old.
“I can’t tell you how serious it is because he’s yet to have scans,” Southgate said.
“What was upsetting was seeing him in a fair bit of pain. There was nobody around him when the injury happened. I didn’t like that element of it.
“We’ve got to wait to see what the scans show and we’re all hoping for him that it’s not what it might be. It’s not a good situation.”
Asked if it could be an ACL injury, Southgate added: “We can’t speculate the exact nature of the injury, it’s not possible until we see the scans.
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“My immediate thoughts are with him as he’s had some difficulties with injury in the past. So we’re hoping and praying it’s not a long term one.”
Fabinho, Nat Phillips, and Rhys Williams have all partnered Gomez in recent weeks.
And more will now be required of them at Anfield in the winter period, with Joel Matip now the only recognised senior centre-half left.
While Klopp has previously suggested Liverpool won’t invest in defenders in January, he may now change his approach.
Liverpool have to cope for eight weeks before the window opens.
Speaking on his backline recently, Klopp said: “Defending isn’t usually our problem because we do it as a unit.
“We didn’t say after Aston Villa [7-2 defeat] ‘Come on, we start again completely about how to defend.’
“We knew what we didn’t do right that night and maybe in one or two other games as well and we tried to sort that without overdoing it.
“But when you concede seven goals, it is not that you have to start at nil (the beginning) again.
“We were quite relaxed about it, as relaxed as you can be in how we dealt with it. At the moment we lost, nobody was relaxed, we were all really frustrated about it but then how we responded, it was clear that it’s not all bad.
“We realised what was good before but some things needed to be adjusted.”
When Gomez sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury in October 2015, he did not recover until June 2016, missing 52 Liverpool games in the process and spending 234 days out.
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