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INJURY: Liverpool’s Joe Gomez ruled out for six weeks

Liverpool’s Joe Gomez has been ruled out for six weeks after fracturing a bone in his ankle.

The incident occurred following a tackle by Ben Mee in the 23rd minute, in Liverpool’s 3-1 win away at Burnley leaving manager Jurgen Klopp forced to bring on fellow youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The 21 year-old has suffered from a terrible injury record since moving to Merseyside, as only three months into his Reds career, he was injured on international duty.

He incurred an anterior cruciate ligament injury whilst playing for England against Kazakhstan which left him out for 234 days, missing 52 Liverpool games in the process.

Gomez enjoyed a brilliant start at Liverpool, starting out life as a first-team left-back.

Just two weeks after his recovery in pre-season, he then has some Achilles tendons problems, leading to a further 128 days ruled out, and missed 15 games.

This meant that in his first two seasons at Liverpool, he only played five Premier League games, being available for only 35 of them.

The injury will rule him out of key fixtures, such as the North-West Derby and Liverpool’s trip to the Etihad in the New Year.

It also means he can’t play in Liverpool’s final Champions League game against Napoli on Tuesday, where a win is essential if Liverpool want to progress.

Jurgen Klopp has condemned the tackle, and said he warned the referee about future challenges.

The German said:

“I said, please, I know it’s not a foul, but please, tell them [Burnley Players] that they cannot do that.

“If you get the ball it’s nice, but no one can judge that.

“It’s like bowling… you get the player as well.

Gomez will undergo a scan on Thursday, where the extent as to how bad his injury is will take place.

After the game, Klopp said:

” Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit.

We have to see, we don’t know in the moment.

We sent him home.”

In terms of his replacements, Liverpool have Dejan Lovren (self-proclaimed one of the best defenders in the world) and also Joel Matip who can fill in for the former England U-21 captain.

Lovren and Matip have proven to be Premier League quality players, however both have made costly mistakes.

A large reason for Gomez flourishing is because of his partnership with Virgil Van Dijk.

The world’s most expensive defender has been monumental in Liverpool’s title challenge, starting every game so far this season.

Gomez should expect to return by mid-January, and will hope to feature in the FA Cup first, should Liverpool progress past the third round.

 

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