By Dominic Toner
Liverpool are entering the transfer market for a new centre-back after being hit by two defender injury blows ahead of the new season, according to a report.
The Merseyside club have been left with just two fit senior central defenders after England Under-21 player Joe Gomez and Mamadou Sakho both suffered achilles injuries.
The Liverpool Echo report that the club will now enter the market for a centre-back immediately and are expected to look for a more experienced defender to fill the void.
The 19-year-old Gomez was close to returning for full training after a nine-month absence as a result of surgery on a ruptured cruciate ligament, but has now picked up another blow after damaging his Achilles tendon.
Slovakian Martin Skrtel ended his eight year affiliation with the club on Thursday after signing for Fenerbahce for £5.5million, Kolo Toure was released in June and Sakho is set to miss the start of the league campaign after sustaining an injury.
Dejan Lovren and new signing Joel Matip remain the obvious candidates to strike up a defensive partnership for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but they would be left with no recognised senior cover in that position.
Liverpool could call upon versatile defender Andre Wisdom, 23, who has spent the last three seasons out on loan at Derby, West Brom and Norwich respectively, although he has struggled to make it as a first-team player.
Wisdom has been widely expected to leave Anfield this summer in search of regular football but a move could be put on hold until a new defender is secured.
Another 23-year-old Liverpool fringe defender Tiago Ilori could have been considered for the start of the campaign but he has been selected to represent Portugal at the Olympics in August.
Gomez secured a move to Anfield last summer after impressing at Charlton but will remained sidelined for the immediate future.
Jurgen Klopp is now set to take no risks an bring in an experienced defender but there has been no possible lead on who it could be.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp will wrap up a £30million-plus transfer after a bid was submitted.