Joe Gomez hands Liverpool major boost with early injury return

LFC Globe
16th January 2019
Joe Gomez

Liverpool defender is set to return to training next week in what is a major boost for manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds boss has seen his defensive options limited in recent weeks, with Gomez joining fellow centre-backs and Joel Matip on the treatment table.

Whilst Matip has now returned, Liverpool were handed a further blow after was confirmed to be ruled out for up to a month with a knee injury, further limiting Klopp's defensive choices.

Gomez suffered a fractured ankle in Liverpool's 3-1 win over at the start of December, with an initial prognosis seeing him sidelined for six weeks.

Recent reports suggested that Gomez would be out of action until at least the start of February, however the centre-back is now set to make a return to training next week.

Whilst this weekend's clash against Crystal Palace will come too early for the youngster, he should benefit from Liverpool's training camp in Dubai after the fixture.

The hope will be that Gomez can make a return to the side against on the 30th. Klopp should inform reporters of a possible date in his pre-match press conference later this week.

Gomez had formed a solid partnership with in the first half of the season and the hope will be he can continue where he left off.

The 21-year-old's development was rewarded with a new long-term contract last month, seeing him remain at until at least 2024.

Gomez's return will be a big boost for Klopp, who has been forced to field Brazilian midfielder at the heart of defence in the Reds' last two fixtures.

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With Lovren and Alexander-Arnold on the sidelines, the boss may turn to Gomez to fill in at right-back, as he has done at times this season.

Klopp could also shift Fabinho to right-back, whilst is another option should he be needed.

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