Wednesday 22 November 2017

Gomez bad news spoils Klopp's day

Joe Gomez
Joe Gomez

Jurgen Klopp's first day on the training ground at Melwood began with the news no manager wants to hear when England Under 21 Joe Gomez was all but ruled out for the rest of the season.

The German took training for the first time full of smiles but his day was ruined when word filtered through that Gomez is facing a nine-month lay-off.

Gomez was one of the few bright spots in a gloomy Liverpool picture for Brendan Rodgers before he was sacked but a scan has revealed anterior knee ligament damage after he was taken off during England's win over Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

He had a scan at a Merseyside hospital yesterday and Klopp is still waiting for official confirmation of the injury but reports suggest that this is a formality.

That leaves Klopp notably short at the back for his first assignment in the Premier League on Saturday against Chelsea.

Alberto Moreno is the only left-full standing at Anfield and he has played a peripheral role since his arrival amid much fanfare last year.

He started the season on the bench behind Gomez but returned to action against Norwich a week before the international break and earned general praise for a man-of-the-match performance.

if Gomez's injury is as bad as feared, Klopp's first test of his new working conditions and the infamous Anfield committee will come in January when he will need to find new options in defence.

Klopp has now completed his close staff appointments after Zeljko Buvac arrived at the club yesterday to link up with senior coach Peter Krawietz.

This reunites the same management group which was so successful for Klopp at Mainz and Dortmund.

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