Liverpool defender Joe Gomez fears he could miss the rest of the campaign in another devastating injury blow for Liverpool.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp already has concerns that Gomez’s knee injury suffered while on international duty is serious and could lead to him missing the Euros next summer.
That would be a huge blow for Liverpool who are already without Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the campaign meaning Matip is the only remaining fit senior central defender which is a major setback to their hopes of retaining the Premier League title.
Gomez sustained the injury in Wednesday’s training session, there were no other players around him and he just collapsed amid screams of “pain and distress” before he returned to Liverpool to have scans on his knee in order to know the level of the damage.
Joe Gomez missed the 2018 World Cup through injury and it could be a similar knee injury to the cruciate ligament suffered five years ago which kept him out for a long period of time.
England manager Gareth Southgate said he was left devastated because he is close to Gomez after he also worked with him at under-21 level.
Southgate said: “I hate to see any of our players suffer and there is nothing worse…one of the worst things as an international manager is that you are borrowing players and something happens on your watch.
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“You feel a responsibility and you start to go back but in this instance there is just nothing we would have done differently.
“But, yeah, you just don’t want to see players missing for any lengthy period of time. Having been a player, that’s the toughest thing in the sport and Joe’s experienced that a couple of times which is why we are even more hopeful that this isn’t that sort of situation.
“I can’t tell you how serious it is because he’s yet to have scans. What was upsetting was to see him in a fair bit of pain. There was nobody around him when it happened and I didn’t like that element of it. We’ve got to wait for the scan.
“We can’t speculate on the exact nature of the injury. Our immediate thoughts are with him because he’s had difficulties in the past. We are hoping and praying that it won;t be a long one, but we will just have to see.”