How long do Liverpool now expect to be without injured Joe Gomez?
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gave a positive update on Joe Gomez, revealing the injured center-back is in a ‘pretty good place’ and that there is at least a chance he could be back in May towards the very end of the season. .
Gomez suffered damage to his knee tendon during a training session in England in November, adding to the blow of losing Virgil van Dijk to an ACL injury a few weeks earlier.
This means Liverpool found themselves without their two premier center-backs, forced to rely on Fabinho’s reassignment to a deeper role. The situation was even created by the record of uneven form of Joel Matip, again excluded due to an ankle problem.
“Joe Gomez is actually quite well placed, but far from back. He is walking around, looks quite normal, is not yet on the pitch and running or even coming out of the gym. It’s just a really tough injury too, ”Klopp said, via LiverpoolFC.com.
“Will he be available this season? When will the season end? May? It will at least be close, I would say. I don’t expect it, so I’d be positively surprised if he came back this season, to be honest. . “
Liverpool had resisted plunging into the transfer market for a center-back this month, with their plans very much focused on the summer window and the long term.
Still, Matip’s new injury issue gave the Reds little choice but at least initially trying and downplaying the idea of signing after the midweek win over Tottenham due to a lack of options , Klopp admitted the next day that they will try to bring someone.
“I don’t know but we’ll try. Everyone is thinking: ‘Oh, Liverpool are great with the situation and they are not trying.’ We are trying. The situation [on Thursday] It didn’t make things any easier, but we always try to do the right things if we can, ”said Klopp.
“My thoughts haven’t changed, maybe my words have changed. No, it’s the same situation as before. We work there, we don’t always have training and a press conference and if we don’t sleep, we work. This is what we did all the time. We will see.”
New York Red Bulls defenseman and US international Aaron Long have been linked with a loan deal, while West Ham’s Issa Diop has also been mentioned in gossip columns.
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