Liverpool confirm bad news with Joe Gomez set to undergo surgery

With Gomez and Dejan Lovren (hamstring) still out, Liverpool only have Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip as fit centre-backs.

Manuel Pellegrini has already denied Liverpool a first title since 1990, of course. "The least we can do is to be ready for all these challenges and then we have to do our best". We all know how good Clyney is, but would he have had more offensive influence in the game? Liverpool need bodies, and they are losing them at the moment.

Liverpool wasted an excellent opportunity to stretch their lead at the top against the Foxes, after their closest rivals Manchester City had lost to Newcastle United.

These absences have seen the likes of James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Rafa Camacho and Ki-Jana Hoever fill in at the back in recent weeks.

Gomez has been undergoing a normal rehabilitation procedure at Melwood since his injury at Turf Moor, but after further diagnosis, medical staff have decided that surgery would be advisable to ensure Gomez makes a full recovery. In the end, the game remained level, but the incident has not gone unnoticed by other Premier League teams. They last kept more on the road in the 2014-15 campaign (8).

Liverpool can create breathing space by gunning for, and achieving, a fantastic four against West Ham again. Their most potent goal threat, Marko Arnautovic, is expected to have recovered from injury in time for this match.

But he is set to have surgery on Monday which means his rehabilitation time will double and he will miss the matches against Manchester United, Everton and the Champions League ties against Bayern Munich. The 26-year-old is chasing the 50-goal mark for Liverpool in the Premier League and now has 48 strikes against his name after 60 matches.

  • Marlene Weaver