Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has provided an injury update on Joe Gomez, after the defender pulled up during the international break – and there were initial fears he could be out for the full season.
However, while admitting the injury is serious, Klopp made it clear that the club and player are remaining positive, and that things aren’t as bad as they initially thought, with Gomez possibly even making it back before the end of the season, with Liverpool of course fighting in the Premier League to finish as high up the table as possible and the Champions League, where they face Manchester City.
“After the initial shock, we got the best news we could get,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“At the moment, it’s serious – and serious enough to rule him out for the next couple of games.
But I think we will see Joe back on the pitch this season, it’s pretty sure, how it looks at the moment.
“He feels much better already but of course we need to be careful.
I don’t know exactly how long but we hopefully have a lot of games to come and he will be part of a few.”
Liverpool are heavy favourites to get a place in the top four come the end of the season, and a win against Crystal Palace along with one of Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur dropping points this weekend will go a long way to that.
It’s the Champions League that Klopp’s men will really be focusing on, with the Manchester City tie by no means an easy one, but given they know how to beat City and have already done so this season once, it’s certainly one that they will give their best shot and be considered 50/50 to go through – and one that many people think is a more favourable tie than one against Barcelona or Real Madrid may have been.