Gomez has recently made his return from a long-term ACL injury, and has been turning out for the U23s in a bid to recapture form and fitness.
The former Charlton Athletic youngster has been a revelation in the Young Reds’ defence, producing a series of excellent performances alongside the likes of Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho.
After regularly playing all 90 minutes for the U23s in recent weeks, Gomez was replaced by Corey Whelan at the interval at Anfield, suggesting he is being considered for Wednesday night’s senior clash with Middlesbrough.
This was confirmed to be a move planned by the club, not one enforced by injury.
Gomez should make the trip to Riverside, and if Lovren misses out, could make Klopp’s substitutes’ bench for the first time since the German’s arrival last October.
Klopp has been beset with injuries this winter, with the 49-year-old bemoaning the strength of his bench against West Ham.
Klopp had previously suggested that Gomez would spend the rest of the season with the U23s squad, however, with a January loan move ruled out.
“It’s a long injury and if we send him on loan, with his quality, a team will play him every game. That is not what he needs in the moment.
“Because he was long injured, he needs us to judge now to play, now to stop, rest, work on this, do this, do a little bit on this.”
As such, Klopp is unlikely to be rash with Gomez’s transition back into the first team, instead taking a sensitive approach to his injury issues.
But as Gomez has shown no signs of struggling for the U23s so far, Klopp could be tempted to accelerate his initial plans.
Gomez has already proved himself at first-team level, shining at left-back for Brendan Rodgers following his £3.5 million move from Charlton last season.
But having been utilised exclusively at centre-back this campaign, he looks set for a long-term role at the heart of Klopp’s defence.