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Liverpool facing defensive crisis after Gomez is forced out of England squad

The 23-year-old won’t play against Ireland tomorrow night, having returned to his club for further diagnosis.

Liverpool's Joe Gomez [file photo].
Liverpool's Joe Gomez [file photo].
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Updated Nov 11th 2020, 7:34 PM

LIVERPOOL ARE SWEATING on another possible defensive issue after Joe Gomez went down injured in England training.

Virgil Van Dijk’s serious knee injury suffered in the Merseyside derby has been compounded by problems picked up by Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool are now facing another defensive setback as Gomez picked up an injury when training with England on the eve of the friendly with the Republic of Ireland.

The 23-year-old centre-back has returned to his club for further diagnosis, having withdrawn from the England squad with a knee problem. 

England boss Gareth Southgate said: “We can’t speculate on the exact nature of the injury, it’s not possible until we have seen scans.

“My immediate thoughts are with him because he has had some difficulties with injuries in the past. We are hoping it’s not going to be a long-term one. We just have to wait and see.”

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Gomez’s absence could be a blow to Liverpool’s title defence, as well as England’s hopes of making the Nations League finals.

Harry Maguire, the world’s most expensive defender, is suspended for Sunday’s crunch trip to Belgium, who are number one in the Fifa world rankings.

The Three Lions round off 2020 with a Nations League match against Iceland next Wednesday, although it remains unclear whether that match will be held at Wembley.

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