“The thing with Joe Gomez is he's had his operation straight away and they're already saying he'll miss most of the season, but that sounds to me really that he might just make it back towards the end.
“And Matip is a decent player but he's like a willow tree; he occasionally gets blown over and he's not fit for two or three weeks, so he's another worry.
“Some of the younger players have come in and they've done absolutely fine, but I think you're looking at Matip, if fit, with the likes of Fabinho or maybe even Henderson [playing in defence] at some stage.
“But I would think it will force the manager's hand in the January transfer window.
“He's going to have to go out and buy somebody, and it won't be a difficult conversation with the owners. They'll realise what's going on; the great thing about them is they've got this sporting franchise in America and they know people lose form and get injured, so it's case of who he's going to bring in.
“We're all going to play the game now going into January – who are Liverpool going to sign?"