Jurgen Klopp has confirmed a positive timeframe for Joe Gomez‘s recovery, after the Liverpool centre-back underwent surgery on his leg on Monday.
Gomez has been sidelined since the 3-1 win at Burnley at the beginning of December, and the news of his operation was considered a setback ahead of this month’s clash with Bayern Munich.
With Virgil van Dijk suspended for that last-16 tie, Klopp is left short of defensive options in a huge game, and with the club offering no date for Gomez’s return concerns were raised over whether he would play a big part again this season.
But speaking ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Bournemouth at Anfield the manager revealed the club are hoping he will be back in “four to six weeks.”
Klopp also provided an update on the fitness of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum, who were all back in training on Thursday, as well as the prolonged absence of Dejan Lovren.
“Joe’s surgery, yes worked pretty well, and the timeframe is always difficult,” he explained.
“But four to six weeks [for his] return to play, hopefully that’s the case, we work on that.
“Trent trained yesterday for the first time, didn’t mention any issues or problems, so after three-and-a-half weeks, the first session, we need to see what we do with that.
“Jordan trained yesterday as well, first time, not that long a break but it was a muscle issue he had so obviously we need to have another look today.
“Gini trained yesterday completely normal, that’s how it is. But I don’t know in the moment, so we have to see.
“Dejan is not available. We work on the Bayern game [for his return], as you can imagine, but we don’t know exactly.”