Joe Gomez suffers ‘potentially serious’ injury whilst on England duty, leaving Liverpool and Klopp sweating

Joe Gomez suffers ‘potentially serious’ injury whilst on England duty, leaving Liverpool and Klopp sweating

‘Potentially serious’

Joe Gomez has reportedly suffered a ‘potentially serious’ injury during England training. Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate is set to address the media on Wednesday evening, where he is expected to provide further details on the situation.

Gomez’s injury would leave Jurgen Klopp in an even worse situation defensively than he could ever have imagined. Having lost Virgil van Dijk earlier in the season, and with concerns over the fitness of both Fabinho and Joel Matip, some young players have seen chances in Europe.

And such young talents will likely see further opportunities if the news regarding Gomez is indeed serious.

This is made all the worse by the news that Trent Alexander-Arnold will also be out for a number of weeks. The 22-year-old picked up an injury versus Manchester City last weekend, and Klopp confirmed that he had therefore been ruled out of England duty.

“Trent will be out for England, that is clear. What he has, we don’t know, but he cannot play for England. He will not be the last and not the only one who Gareth will miss for this international break,” said a concerned Klopp.

Gomez’s importance

Jurgen Klopp, mere weeks ago, spoke about Gomez’s importance following the long-term problem picked up by Van Dijk.

“Joe in particular has had to step up in recent weeks and he has grasped it in such an impressive manner,” said the German coach.

“Joe is young in years but has a wealth of experience. He knows how important he is to us in general, but in this moment showing his best qualities on and off the pitch is so valuable.”

“I love that he sees what we need from him and that he relishes this opportunity.”

“Sacrificing for the team has never been more critical and in Joe Gomez and all of our players we have men who embrace it and inspire us all with their approach.”

Now, Klopp will need to depend on alternatives to cover for Gomez, if he is indeed out for the long-term. Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams have both been handed senior chances, and will likely get more moving forward. If Fabinho and Matip remain fit, it is likely that the pair will now become Liverpool’s first-choice centre-half partnership.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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