Jurgen Klopp planning November friendly to aid Joe Gomez’s recovery

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

Jurgen Klopp has discussed Joe Gomez‘s recovery from injury, saying he plans to organise a friendly in November to aid his transition.

Gomez returned to first-team training on October 13, just over 12 months on from suffering a nightmare ACL injury while on duty with the England Under-21s.

This has kept him out of Klopp’s thinking so far, but having already made his mark on Merseyside since his £3.5 million move from Charlton Athletic in 2015, he remains in his long-term plans.

It will take time, but speaking to reporters at Melwood on Friday afternoon, Klopp provided a positive update on Gomez’s condition.

“He’s good. We always talk about all the players with the medical department,” he explained.

“Joe looks really good in the moment, but it’s a long way. There’s no rush in it.

“Thank god we don’t have to put pressure on him [to come back and play].

“He’s still a young boy and we can give him the time to come back in the right moment.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, August 17, 2015: Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action against AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp was asked about a likely timeframe for Gomez’s return to the first team, with the possibility of turning out for the Liverpool Under-23s in the meantime.

The German remained upbeat, suggesting he would be looking to organise a behind-closed-doors friendly in the upcoming international break to give the 19-year-old some much-needed game time.

“I think obviously in the next few weeks [he can start to play],” he continued.

“Maybe in the international break we can get a game for him to play a few minutes then see what makes sense for the U23s.

“He looks good, he feels good. He’s tired a lot, especially after sessions but that’s normal. He’s in a good way.”

On his return to first-team availability, Gomez will boost Klopp’s defensive options considerably, able to operate in all roles across the back line.

Gomez has previously stated he sees his future at centre-back, and he certainly looked primed to excel there under Klopp in the long term.

Fan Comments