Liverpool transfers: Reds considering move for experienced defender after Joe Gomez blow

Daryl Janmaat in action for Watford

Liverpool might be just a point off the top of the Premier League table but they are now in real bother.

Last month, they lost colossal defender Virgil van Dijk to injury for the rest of the season and now they are reeling from another big injury to a key player.

On Wednesday evening it was revealed that Joe Gomez had suffered a knee problem while on international duty with England, and now the youngster fears he could miss the remainder of the campaign too.

We are yet to receive official word on the severity of his issue but it doesn't look good for the Reds at all.

That now leaves them with one senior centre-back in Joel Matip, a player who has had plenty of his own injury issues at Anfield. 

Of course, there is no doubting the quality of Liverpool's attack but with defensive performances dwindling anyway, this is a major blow to their bid to retain the Premier League title.

Gomez has missed just one top-flight outing this season and now Jurgen Klopp may have to rely on some of his younger players like Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.

Joe Gomez

However, another option the club could consider is bringing someone in on a free agent. 

And according to TEAMtalk, that's exactly what they'll seek to do. In a fresh report this week, they suggest that Liverpool are considering a move for former Watford defender Daryl Janmaat.

The Dutchman left Watford at the end of last season and is now searching for a new club. He represents a short-term option for the Reds and it's thought that Janmaat is willing to prove himself at Anfield. 

The defender has supposedly received a glowing review from none other than Gini Wijnaldum, something that has provoked serious interest from the Merseyside club.

Liverpool previously wanted to sign the Netherlands international under Brendan Rodgers in 2015. That was during a similar period when he was described by then Newcastle boss John Carver as an "exceptional player." 

Daryl Janmaat

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Liverpool desperately need defensive recruitments and from an experience point of view, Janmaat certainly fits the bill.

He could fill in for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back while crucially, he also possesses the ability to play in the middle.

At the moment, it feels like anyone will do but Klopp has to be cautious.

Daryl Janmaat

The last thing he needs is to sign someone who represents an injury hazard themselves. Unfortunately, that's what Janmaat is.

Although he's now back up to fitness, he spent a considerable period on the treatment table with his own knee problem last season.

The 31-year-old hasn't played since last November so it could take him a while to get up to speed. That is time that Liverpool simply don't have on their hands right now. 

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