Liverpool may have come from behind to defeat Burnley on the road 3-1 on Wednesday, but they did while losing dynamic defender Joe Gomez midway through the first half to what has been called a fracture in his left leg.
Gomez, who has blossomed into an impressive center/right back this season, was carried off the pitch on a stretcher after colliding into an advertisement barricade after being tackled by Burnley defender Ben Mee. This resulted in Jürgen Klopp having to bring in Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was luckily available as a substitute.
Current reports from inside Melwood indicate that the 21-year-old will be forced to miss up to six weeks in order to safely rehabilitate. That means that he will be out for the rest of this calendar year and possibly through January.
Joe Gomez sustained a fracture to the lower left leg during last night's game against Burnley...— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 6, 2018
Liverpool will now need to examine whether or not they can afford to cut Alberto Moreno or Nathaniel Clyne during the January transfer window because they need manpower on the back line. Liverpool is in for a difficult stretch after this weekend as they take on Manchester United, Wolves, Newcastle, and Arsenal before the end of the year. Then they begin 2019 with a home contest against Manchester City. It will be interesting to see how Klopp rotates his back line until number 12 can make his return.
On the bright side, with this win, the Reds are still just two points behind first-place Manchester City. Despite not playing up to their form from late last season, Jürgen Klopp and the boys continue to find ways to defeat each league opponent. Their next match will be on Saturday when they take on Bournemouth, who are coming off a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield on Tuesday.
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