Fresh defensive problems have struck Liverpool, as James Pearce reports for Liverpool Echo, with Joe Gomez possibly needing surgery and Dejan Lovren feeling his hamstring issue return.
Gomez was initially predicted to be out for six weeks following a broken leg in early December against Burnley, but it’s now been two months and he is yet to return to full training. There are, apparently, concerns over the way the bone has healed and he might need to undergo a surgical procedure to correct the issue, which would certainly prolong his time on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Lovren hasn’t featured since leaving the pitch with a hamstring problem six minutes into the FA Cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 7, and despite appearing on the bench against Leicester on Wednesday, he has felt discomfort in the same place. It’s not believed to be serious, but he will not be available to face West Ham on Monday, and Joel Matip is likely to take the place alongside Virgil van Dijk at the heart of defence.