September 20, 2021

Liverpool hopeful Gomez will play again this season & confirm no ligament damage

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The centre-back suffered the injury in a training session with England on Wednesday and has now undergone surgery, the Reds have confirmed

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has undergone surgery after suffering a knee injury during England training, with the Reds hopeful he’ll return before the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

Gomez went down during a training session at St George’s Park on Wednesday, with there having been suggestions that the 23-year-old could be out for the season.

The Reds announced on Thursday that Gomez had undergone surgery on a tendon in his knee, with it confirmed that that the defender had not suffered ligament damage.

That will come as a welcome relief for Jurgen Klopp and his side, with Virgil van Dijk already sidelined for the long-term.

However, Liverpool have confirmed that there is not currently a timescale on Gomez’s possible return to first-team action, leaving Klopp with a full-blown crisis in central defence.

The Reds lost Van Dijk to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament last month after he was on the receiving end of a hefty challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Merseyside derby.

Fabinho, asked to fill in for the Dutchman, then suffered a hamstring issue a week later and is yet to return to full training.

Gomez’s injury leaves Joel Matip as Liverpool’s only fit and available senior centre-back, and the Cameroon international only recently returned himself after suffering a muscle problem against Everton. He has only completed 90 minutes on two occasions in the last 13 months.

Klopp has been encouraged by the performances of both Rhys Williams, 19, and 23-year-old Nat Phillips as emergency centre-back options and has hinted that he would consider using captain Jordan Henderson at the back.

Gini Wijnaldum is another potential option, while Andy Robertson could be moved to centre-back, with him having played in that position for Scotland in the past. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold added to the injury problems on Sunday, limping out of the Reds’ 1-1 draw at Manchester City with a calf pull. The 21-year-old is likely to be missing for up to four weeks. 

Gomez was training with England ahead of a friendly with the Republic of Ireland on Thursday night, followed by a Nations League double against Belgium and Iceland.

“I can’t tell you how serious as he is yet to have scans,” England manager Gareth Southgate told reporters of Gomez’s injury on Wednesday evening. 

“There was nobody around him when the injury happened. We all hope that it is not what it might be. It’s not a good situation. We can’t speculate on exact nature of the injury.”