Jurgen Klopp has given an injury update on Liverpool defender Joe Gomez following a ‘real shock’ injury in the Reds’ Premier League clash with Southampton on Tuesday night.
The Lowdown: Gomez injury issues
The 24-year-old was forced off the pitch in the 2-1 win over the Saints after suffering a blow following a run-in with Nathan Tella, and ended up limping through the tunnel before being replaced by the captain Jordan Henderson at the break.
Once the game was over, the centre-back was seen getting on the team bus on crutches while wearing a protective boot as the club will face an anxious wait to see whether or not Gomez will be available for the selection of the next champions. League final against Real Madrid on May 28and.
The latest: Scan brings good news
Speaking in his post-match press conference to the media, the German boss however downplayed the seriousness of the 11-team international’s injury and confirmed the colossus was in good spirits after having a chat with him in the locker room. As quoted by the club’s official website, Klopp revealed:
“I hope we will be lucky. Joe himself is in pain but not too much.
“He had, once, a real shock to the system, but he’s sitting in the locker room and when I spoke to him he was in a good mood. I think maybe we were lucky, but we we have to understand that.
Paul Joyce of The Times has since added to the optimism, revealing a scan was needed but showed no serious damage and there is hope he will be fine for the trip to Paris.
The verdict: Let’s hope to be fit in time to face Madrid
While other members of Liverpool’s starting XI – including Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho and Mohamed Salah – have all suffered their own setbacks over the past week, the 54-year-old will most certainly hope Gomez will be declared in full form ahead of the highly anticipated final against Madrid at the end of the month, just in case van Dijk in particular suffers a setback.
Despite making just eight appearances in the top flight this season, Gomez, rated at £19.8m, has always had a hugely positive impact when he has been on the pitch, where he has in averaging 1.3 tackles and 1.1 long balls per game, as well as winning 1.3 of his aerial duels, via WhoScored.
Facing the likes of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior will be far from easy, so the Reds will need all their defensive experience at their disposal when they face Carlo Ancelotti’s side if they are to have any chance of getting their hands on it. on this Champions League. trophy.
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