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  • David Tyrer

Liverpool reportedly considering Janmaat as defensive cover

As the clubs defensive crisis deepened last night, with news that Joe Gomez had suffered a potentially serious injury in England training, a list of names was thrown into the mix.

There's a number of viable options, from Ezequiel Garay, to the other Rhys Williams, but one name that has cropped up repeatedly is that of former Newcastle and Watford defender Daryl Janmaat.

The 31 year old left the club in October after regaining his fitness, following Watford's relegation from the Premier League last season, and a number of sources in the media today claim that LFC are considering Janmaat as a short-term solution.

The former Dutch international can play at centre back, as well as right back, and his versatility, along with his Premier League experience, may stand him in good stead. There's also no doubt that, much like Adrian, he'd jump at the chance at this stage in his career.

Of course, Janmaat is also fluent in English and lives in the country, so as a free transfer, he could provide short-term defensive cover until the situation becomes more clear.

An international of 34 caps for the Netherlands, Janmaat first signed for Newcastle in 2014, before leaving following the club's relegation. He joined Watford in 2016.

A veteran of up to 150 games in England, he really would offer valuable experience that the Reds could do with some much-needed experience, with Jurgen Klopp currently looking at both Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez being out for the season.

Meanwhile, Joel Matip remains wholly unreliable on the injury front, meaning we could potentially be looking at going into a hectic holiday period with just Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips.

Fabinho and Matip is more than a passable centre back partnership but whether both can stay fit for the next 11 games up until Janaury really does remain to be seen. As does whether Klopp and his team see the Dutchman as a real option going forward.

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