Jurgen Klopp has revealed Joe Gomez has been given the all clear for Wednesday’s match against PSG after missing the win at Watford as a precaution.
Gomez was forced to miss Saturday’s 3-0 win at Watford after picking up an ankle issue during training on Friday, leaving Klopp hesitant to risk further damage ahead of a congested run of fixtures.
The England international travelled to London with the team but the knock was enough to see Klopp turn to Dejan Lovren to partner Virgil van Dijk at Vicarage Road, with the duo helping to secure an eighth league clean sheet this term.
Post-match the Liverpool manager was quick to detail that the 21-year-old will be firmly in contention to return to the starting lineup for the trip to Paris.
Klopp explained following the win: “In the last second of yesterday’s session, he got a little knock.
“We thought: ‘Come on, let’s bring him and have a look in the morning.’ He said it was 80 per cent better, that’s good. So he’s no doubt for Wednesday.
“But we had Trent and Dejan at 100 per cent, so we didn’t have to make a decision. It was clear he could be rested and can recover more, and then he is ready for Wednesday again.”
What’s nice there is that Liverpool now boast a strong enough squad not to force a player such as Gomez in this instance to play when not 100 per cent fit.
Gomez has been a standout performer for the Reds this season, becoming a mainstay at the heart of the defence; consistently showcasing his ability to marshal the backline and utilise his quick turn of pace to easily snuff out the threat of the opposition.
Klopp now has the option of Gomez replacing Lovren alongside Van Dijk, or bringing him in in place of Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back.