Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Joe Gomez will return to full training after the international break in what is a huge boost for the club.
The Liverpool Echo quotes Klopp as saying:
“We all expect him to be back after the international break – in full training, and then we will see how long it takes.”
Gomez has been on the sidelines since fracturing his leg in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley at the start of December.
It had initially been feared that the England international could miss the remainder of the campaign, but Klopp has revealed that the defender will be back on the training field at the end of this month.
The 21-year-old had been very impressive for the Reds in the first half of the campaign, making 18 appearances in all competitions.
Virgil van Dijk has certainly stepped forward in Gomez’s absence, but Klopp will be relishing the chance to put his two best centre-backs on the field at the same time once again.
Liverpool’s next match is at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on March 31, but Gomez could easily miss that.
At this time, it is difficult to ascertain when Gomez will return as a lot depends on his rehab over the next couple of weeks, but he will certainly want to challenge for his previous first-team position.
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But throw in the fact he’s still an incredibly young player, and that Liverpool are now approaching the most intense period of the season where every game is essentially a must-win (or at the very least must-not-lose), it wouldn’t be surprising for Klopp to err on the side of caution.
Aged 21, Gomez has a long career ahead of him. Nonetheless, just having the England international back in training will be a boost to the whole squad – for starters, it will keep Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren on their toes.