‘Gomez like a new signing for Liverpool’

Former Reds defender, Phil Babb, sees no reason why Jurgen Klopp should spend in January with an ‘exceptional talent’ bolstering the ranks after injury

Liverpool have been linked with several high-profile defenders over recent weeks, but Phil Babb believes the return of Joe Gomez from injury should keep Jurgen Klopp out of the transfer market.

The Reds have struggled defensively at times this season, with no side in the Premier League’s top six having been breached on more occasions.

Plugging those leaks is considered to be a top priority for a club harbouring realistic title ambitions, but Babb feels Klopp should be looking closer to home before spreading the recruitment net.

He already has a number of international performers on his books, who are all capable of competing at the very highest level on their day, while Gomez has offered a timely boost after 16 months on the sidelines.

Babb considers the 19-year-old to be an “exceptional talent” and a man Liverpool should be looking to put their trust in rather than spending big on another fresh face from afar.

He told the club’s official website: “Physically he is really strong, he is unflustered on the ball and is quite creative for a defensive player.

“When I read lots of rumours about the manager supposedly wanting another centre-half…[well] we already have one of the best talents around in our ranks and that is Joe Gomez.

“We can trust Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan at centre-half. We can also add Joe to that and Lucas Leiva, who always does a great job. I don’t think we are too bad at all when it comes to the centre-halves we have available.”

He added on Gomez, who was snapped up by the Reds from Charlton in the summer of 2015 and is expected to figure in Sunday’s FA Cup third round clash with Plymouth: “Joe Gomez is an exceptional talent, there is no doubt about that.

“It will be great to see him out there on the pitch again in a first-team jersey. It has been a long road back for him.

“We saw fleeting cameos of him under Brendan Rodgers when was a centre-half playing as a left-back and I thought he did really well.

“Joe has got all the attributes and he is a fantastic athlete. It was just a really unfortunate injury for the whole club because in the same week we also lost Danny Ings to a cruciate injury.

“He has been playing really well for the U23s and this is a great opportunity for the fans to see him and welcome him back on Sunday.”

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