Adam Lallana says Liverpool may have an additional option to replace Virgil van Dijk.


The Dutchman will miss much of the 2020/21 season after suffering an ACL injury against Everton on October 17.

Adam Lallana has hinted that Liverpool have enough depth despite Virgil van Dijk’s injury in the central defender and suggested that Jordan Henderson could even step in.

Fabinho and Joe Gomez are Jurgen Klopp’s preferred central defender pairing since Virgil van Dijk’s injury.

Without Van Dijk, Fabinho and Joe Gomez were Jürgen Klopp’s preferred defensive pairing, while Joel Matip is still on the sidelines.

An operation will rule out Van Dijk for at least six months, although Liverpool are hesitant to set a timetable for his return to the defensive.

“He is the best defender in the world, but the characters they have in the group will all know they need to give a little bit more.

While some have suggested that Liverpool will need to resort to the market for a new defender after the sale of Dejan Lovren this summer, Lallana believes the club is well equipped to cope without its best defender.

“Of course this will have a big impact,” Lallana told BT Sport ahead of the Reds’ 2-0 Champions League win over Midtjylland.

“They’ll all know that they need to move up, they’ll all know that they need to perform, and I support them in that.

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“You’ve seen this so far in Fabinho’s performances since he was asked to play the inside half, and he was sensational.

“You definitely have the ability to play at the highest level and win silver even without the sensational Virgil van Dijk.

“Joe Gomez has also moved up, he is very young, but he has played so many games at such a high level.

“Joel Matip has also made his back fit. Even Jordan Henderson played in midfield at last year’s Club World Championship and did well!

But the central defender situation was now complicated by Fabinho’s injury.

“So they will be fine, they have some good young talent coming through, too. I think they will be absolutely fine.”

The Brazilian was knocked off the pitch with less than half an hour of play in yesterday’s European match.

The young defender Rhys Williams impressed when he came on as a substitute – and could now play West Ham this weekend.

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