Liverpool have confirmed that defender Joe Gomez suffered a fracture to the lower left leg during the win over Burnley on Wednesday night.

The club’s official Twitter account confirmed the news, with the defender now expected to be sidelined for six weeks.

Gomez’s injury marred what was an important win for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they bid to maintain pace with Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

The news comes as a major blow to both Gomez and Liverpool, with the young defender forming a brilliant partnership with Virgil van Dijk this season.

Gomez had made the centre-back position his own, ahead of Dejan Lovren.

The latter is now expected to come back into the fold and replace Gomez in his absence, with the defender now ruled out until the early stages of 2019.

With Gomez able to play out on the right or in a central position, Klopp has now lost a versatile option at the back for a considerable amount of time.