Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp tipped to have ‘genius plan’ to solve defensive problems

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may have to have a “genius plan” to save the Reds’ season, according to legendary former full-back Steve Nicol. Liverpool were dealt another huge blow on Wednesday with the news that Joe Gomez had suffered a serious-looking knee injury in England training. Gomez is set to have a scan this week to discover the severity of the problem.

Gomez will join Virgil van Dijk on the injury table for Klopp, with the Dutchman set to miss the remainder of the season with an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury.

Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is also out for up to six weeks with a calf problem.

That leaves Klopp short of defensive options heading into a busy period after the international break.

But Nicol is hoping the German has a plan up his sleeve to solve his side’s problems.

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“It’s a disaster, again,” Nicol told ESPN.

“You’re talking three of your back four gone in the space of six weeks. 

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“Virgil van Dijk obviously was a complete disaster, Alexander-Arnold going down made things tougher, but Joe Gomez going down now, where do they turn?

“You’ve got a couple of kids in [Rhys] Williams and [Nat] Phillips, you’ve got [Joel] Matip who can’t stand on his two feet for more than 90 minutes at a time, or certainly two 90 minutes in a row.

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“Where do they go? I really don’t know. Klopp’s going to have to come up with some sort of genius plan, maybe they’re going to have to go with three at the back, have more people in the middle of the park to stop the opposition getting at the back line, considering the names on the back of the jerseys they’re going to end up with, whoever it may be.

“So this could be a big turning point in Liverpool’s season.

“It’s easy to say with the firepower they’ve got going forward to just score more goals, but that’s an awful lot to ask.

“So it will be interesting to see what Klopp does.”

Speaking on Wednesday, England boss Gareth Southgate admitted it was upsetting seeing Gomez in the aftermath of his injury.

“I can’t tell you how serious it is because he is yet to have scans,” Southgate said.

“What was upsetting to see, he was in a fair bit of pain. There was nobody around him when the injury happened. I didn’t like that element of it.

“But we’ve just got to wait and see what the scans show. We’re all hopeful for him that it’s not what it might be. But it’s not a good situation.

“I don’t see him being involved in the games with us, that’s for sure.”

He added: “We can’t speculate the exact nature of the injury. It’s not possible until we’ve seen scans. My immediate thoughts are with him.

“He’s had some difficulties with injuries in the past. We’re hoping and praying it is not going to be a long-term one. We’ll just have to see.”

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