Former Red Jan Molby believes Liverpool have enough depth to cover Joe Gomez, who was injured in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.
Gomez suffered a fractured leg after a tackle from Burnley’s Ben Mee, which will put the defender on the sideline for six weeks.
Despite Gomez’s superb form this season, Molby believes Jurgen Klopp has the depth to cover the injury.
“When it comes to replacing Joe Gomez I think Dejan Lovren is ahead of Joel Matip at the moment but that doesn’t mean that Matip won’t play in some of the games because they’re coming thick and fast,” Molby wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.
“Given Lovren’s comments ahead of the World Cup final only to find himself no longer a regular in the Liverpool side so far this season, I think he will have a big point to prove.
“He has the odd minor mistake in him but I think he does very well.
“What helps is that he’s playing alongside someone in Virgil van Dijk who adjusts his own game depending on whoever he’s partnered with.
“I think Virgil will become more alert to the kind of issues that might arise playing alongside Dejan rather than Joe.
“Gomez’s injury is most definitely a blow.
“I don’t think there are any Liverpool fans with any doubts any more over what the team’s best centre-half partnership is and Joe is in it.
“It gives other people an opportunity like Matip although he looked a little bit rusty against Burnley but we’re not short of players or quality in the position.
“Joe’s progress this season has been incredible. We all knew he was good but very rarely does a player show that kind of maturity at his age when you’ve played as few games as he has.
“That kind of composure sets you apart from other players in your age group. Joe has that and knows he has the trust of his manager and his team-mates.
“I wish him a speedy recovery and he’ll be back soon as good as new.
“He’ll just be desperate to get back but with Liverpool’s medical staff they’ll make sure he returns when he’s ready.”