Gomez blow forces Liverpool to sign central defender

Date published: Friday 15th July 2016 8:25

Jurgen Klopp: Needs a centre-back

Jurgen Klopp: Needs a centre-back

Liverpool are set to sign a central defender after Joe Gomez suffered an Achilles injury that will see him miss the start of the season.

The Liverpool Echo claims Jurgen Klopp will now intensify his search for a centre-back after recently cooling his search for more defensive cover.

The arrival of Joel Matip and the news that Mamadou Sakho was cleared of a doping offence by UEFA last week has meant that Klopp was looking to strengthen his midfield as a priority, but Sakho is facing around a month out with an Achilles problem. And now left-back Gomez, who Klopp had earmarked as cover at centre-back, has picked up a significant injury which the club are waiting to discover the full extent of.

Gomez, who was close to returning to full training after nine months out due to surgery on a ruptured cruciate ligament, has picked up an Achilles tendon injury and that leaves Liverpool in a quandary.

Klopp’s centre-back options have been severely depleted with Kolo Toure being released and Martin Skrtel completing a £5.5million move to Fenerbahce. It leaves Klopp with a major defensive headache because he has just two senior centre-backs in Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren.


The German coach is now looking to add an experienced centre-back to his shopping list which already includes a left-back and a central midfielder.

Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has been linked with Liverpool but Middlesbrough have agreed and £8million fee for the 27-year-old and they are hoping to tie up that deal in the next 24 hours.

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