Jamie Redknapp has urged Liverpool to dip into the market in January if Joe Gomez’s injury turns out to be serious but believes the club will find it difficult as rival teams will be aware that they are ‘desperate’ and prices are likely to be inflated.
Liverpool are already short of options at the back with Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold all sidelined and there are fears Gomez could be ruled out for some time after going down with a knee problem in England training.
Gomez has since withdrawn from Gareth Southgate’s squad and Liverpool will be nervously awaiting the centre-back’s scan results with games coming thick and fast over the next few weeks, both domestically and in Europe.
‘I’m choked for Joe Gomez if it is a bad injury,’ former Liverpool and England midfielder Redknapp told Sky Sports’ Pitch to Post podcast.
‘He’s a young man who has already had knee injuries and come back brilliantly. I’m a big fan of his, he seems like a really good, down to earth player.
‘I remember seeing him many years ago playing for Charlton in the FA Youth Cup and thinking “this is a star of the future” and he’s certainly proved that at Liverpool. I just hope it’s not going to be anything too serious.
‘From an England point of view, it’s a disappointment for Gareth Southgate, but for Jurgen Klopp, if this is a long-term one and you’ve got no Virgil, no Joe Gomez, that puts an enormous amount of stress on this squad from a team that were red-hot favourites at the start of the year.
‘It’s certainly going to change things and for everybody else involved, that back two have been so impressive at times.
‘It’s not been easy with no Virgil at the moment, but no Virgil and no Gomez is going to make it even more difficult.’
Asked whether Liverpool should be looking ahead to the January transfer window to strengthen, Redknapp replied: ‘It’s a difficult one.
‘I’ve heard people say that they’ve got to go out and get a really big signing because Virgil is going to be injured, but if he goes through the right rehab to get fit, he’s not going to be too far away from coming back in maybe March or April time as a guess.
‘Normally it’s six or seven months, he’s an incredibly fit guy and he’ll be a good healer.
‘You don’t want to bring in someone for the sake of it for £40m or £50m because you know you’ve got someone coming back really quickly but if you’ve lost Gomez as well, you’re certainly looking to get into the market and try and bring in someone in January or as quickly as you can, be it a loan, be it a signing – but it’s not going to be easy to get players in.
‘Your hands are tied to a certain extent because straight away, everyone knows you’re desperate so the prices are going to get inflated.
‘Liverpool have worked the market so well, they’ve not always bought the big stars, they’ve made then stars. Virgil may be the opposite, they paid £75m for him but what his fee now would be, maybe three times as much as that because he’s such an incredible player.
‘Defenders are at a premium because there’s not many good ones around that can play like Virgil, that can defend like Joe Gomez, who is still a young man.
‘I really hope it’s weeks rather than months but I don’t like the rumours that are coming out of the squad.’
The Premier League champions are hopeful Thiago Alcantara could return to face the Foxes after suffering a knee injury in last month’s Merseyside derby.