Liverpool have been dealt an injury blow with the news that Joel Matip will miss the remainder of the season.
The Reds centre-back picked up a knock to his foot during the goalless draw with Everton earlier this month in the first match following the Premier League’s resumption.
The injury leaves Jurgen Klopp with just three senior centre-backs for the remainder of the campaign with Dejan Lovren providing back-up to the first-choice pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
The Reds have already secured the Premier League title with seven fixtures left to play, and Klopp is likely to rotate his squad in the final matches of the campaign.
Many Liverpool fans have demanded that one player in particular gets a game ahead of senior centre-back Lovren, while others have urged Klopp to dip into the transfer market this summer.
Jordan: “New defender required in the summer.”
Empireoflfc: “This is why we need another CB!!!! We cannot rely on Matip, Lovren & Gomez because they have 5-8 games and then they’re out for a very long time. And this happens every season.”
Paul Bleazard: “I think there’s little question we need a new CB. Gomez picks up injuries and Lovren temperament isn’t my the best. Would see Gomez as 1st choice. We need 2 CB that can stay fit, who aren’t Lovren.”
George: “How far about Lovren imo.”
Unbearable: “Keep Lovren away from this team. Give Hoever minutes instead when Gomez needs a rest.”
Ooi: “Give chances to younger CB for the remaining games to gain experience.”
LFCOxlade: “Play Hoever instead of Lovren then.”