Georginio Wijnaldum speaks to Liverpool about former team-mate Daryl Janmaat

Georginio Wijnaldum has reportedly praised Daryl Janmaat in talks with Liverpool as the Reds look to solve their defensive crisis.

Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are both in battles to play again this season with the centre-back duo struggling with knee injuries.

Both have needed surgery and it leaves Jurgen Klopp with Joel Matip as his only senior central defender.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is also currently on the sidelines having suffered a calf injury during the 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.

Janmaat has been linked with a move to Anfield on a short-term deal with the former Newcastle man having left Watford last month.

He played with Wijnaldum at St James’ Park and TEAMtalk report that the Liverpool midfielder has given a glowing reference of Janmaat.

Van Dijk was injured during the Merseyside derby while Gomez is set to miss the majority of the season having injured himself while on England duty this week.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate had said before his scans and subsequent successful surgery: “What was upsetting was to see him in a fair bit of pain.

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"The fact was there was nobody around him when the injury happened. I didn't like that element of it.

"We just have to wait and see what the scans show. We are all hopeful for him that it's not what it might be.

"It's not a good situation. I don't see him being involved in the games with us, that's for sure.

“We can't speculate on the exact nature of the injury. It's not possible until we've seen scans.

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"My immediate thoughts are with him because he has had some difficulty with injury in the past.

"We are hoping as much as we possibly can and praying that it's not going to be a long-term one but we'll just have to see."

Though Liverpool confirmed on Thursday that the 23-year-old is likely to be out for a significant part of the remainder of 2020-21.

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