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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Consider Stop-Gap Daryl Janmaat Signing

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The veteran defender could be signed on a free in January after terminating his Watford contract.

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Yesterday, Joe Gomez suffered a serious knee injury in training with the England national team. Today, he underwent surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon, and even in a best case scenario that likely means he will miss most of the 2020-21 season.

Along with Virgil van Dijk’s season-ending ACL injury, it leaves the Reds dangerously light at the back, and so an intensification of transfer rumours linking the club with all manner of centre half ahead of the January transfer window seems inevitable.

On that front, TeamTalk today claim Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has recommended national team teammate Daryl Janmaat to the club. The 31-year-old defender is currently out of contract following his departure from Watford over the summer.

Janmaat agreed a termination of his Watford contract on October 12th, after the close of the transfer window in England and other major European leagues. He would not be eligible to be registered with a new club until the January window opens.

If Janmaat were to sign with a new club before then, though, he would at least be able to train with them in the meantime, and the claim is that Liverpool are now seriously considering offering the veteran Dutch defender a short-term deal.

It might not make for a splashy signing, but as a short-term stop-gap solution that the club could bring in for six months it could be appealing—though with the caveat that while he can play centre half, Janmaat’s primary position is right back.