Liverpool lose another left back – where does it leave the Reds?

Liverpool youngster Luke Chambers has joined League One side Wigan Athletic on loan for the rest of 2023/24.

Following Fabio Carvalho's loan switch to Hull City earlier this week, young left-back Chambers is the latest player out the door on a temporary switch during the January transfer window.

The 19-year-old was reportedly wanted by Xabi Alonso's Bayer Leverkusen over the summer, but remained at Anfield and has made four appearances in the League Cup and Europa League in 2023/24 so far.

However, despite the injury crisis at left back, the Preston-born defender – who spent time on loan at Kilmarnock – has not yet made his Premier League debut, with Joe Gomez most recently preferred in the position.

It has now been confirmed that Chambers – who joined at the Reds at the age of six – has signed for Wigan on loan, in order to "build up further experience at senior level."

The move further depletes Jurgen Klopp's options at left-back, with the versatile Gomez the only fit senior option with experience in the role in the absences of Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas.

The Reds have, however, recalled 21-year-old Owen Beck from Dundee FC (below) to provide extra cover, while 18-year-old Calum Scanlon made his first-team debut in the Europa League earlier this season and is another option, albeit an inexperienced one.

Owen Beck, Dundee - Pro Shots

Owen Beck, Dundee - Pro Shots

The move sends a signal that Chambers is perhaps considered behind the other young talents in the pecking order.

When could Liverpools left backs return?

Left back has become a problem position for Liverpool this season.

First-choice Robertson has been missing since October after undergoing surgery on a dislocated shoulder suffered during the international break.

Meanwhile, his stand-in Tsimikas had to be substituted during the draw with Arsenal before Christmas after sustaining a broken collarbone in a collision with Bukayo Saka.

The blows have left Liverpool short on options, with defensive resources further stretched by the long-term injury to Joel Matip and recent knock to Trent Alexander-Arnold.

As for when the missing duo could return, both Robertson and Tsimikas are slated for a return to team training by the end of January should all go to plan.

© Proshots - Andy Robertson

Speaking earlier this week, Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders told reporters: "Robbo, he's almost at the three-month mark, so he will get checked by the surgeon.

"And if he does that scan and we see everything [so] that we can really progress him, he will go to Dubai for a week to do proper volume sessions, proper sessions, so that will be good for him. Then we see the three-month-mark scan and then we can see how quick he can go into contact again.

"Same for Kostas. Kostas is progressing really well, really quick. So hopefully both of them – Robbo and Kostas – will be back at the end of this month to train with the team."

Liverpool have three more games to play in January (vs Bournemouth, Fulham and Chelsea), with Gomez and Beck likely to continue as the main options at left back until at least the end of the month.

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