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Liverpool: Noel Whelan drops Joe Gomez exit claim

Liverpool: Noel Whelan drops Joe Gomez exit claim -Liverpool News

Joe Gomez could leave Liverpool this summer because of a lack of first-team opportunities, according to former Premier League striker Noel Whelan.

The Lowdown: Gomez overlooked at Liverpool

The Reds are enjoying one of their most memorable seasons of all time, already winning two trophies and with an unprecedented quadruple still mathematically possible.

Gomez has struggled to play much of a part in that success, however, finding himself below Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the centre-back pecking order.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from Anfield this summer in order to become a regular elsewhere.

The Latest: Summer exit predicted

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan claimed that Gomez will likely move on to pastures new over the next few months. The one-time BBC radio pundit outlined:

“I think the fact that Steven Gerrard’s dipping into his old club is one thing. He obviously likes the player. I think he’s a very good player, quite frankly. You’ve got Joel Matip and Konate ahead of you. He’s now fourth in the pecking order when it comes to centre-halves.

“There might be a discussion between the player and manager. If there is a possibility, I think Jurgen Klopp’s a fair man. I think he’ll be very honest with Joe Gomez regarding his future, regarding game time next season.

“They’ve got cover for the right back areas as well. That’s been covered at left-back and right-back.

“It’s only that central defence area he’s got an opportunity to play. I think it’s one thing, the fact that Steven Gerrard’s interested. There could be a possible deal on the cards there come the end of the season.”

The Verdict: Tough decision for Gomez

This is such a tough decision for Gomez to make this summer, with any move away from Anfield a clear step down given Liverpool’s current brilliance under Jurgen Klopp, who has described him as a ‘sensational’ player.

Then again, he is too good a footballer to not be playing most weeks, and he may feel it is necessary to leave, especially with the World Cup only six months away.

From a Reds point of view, hopefully the 24-year-old will stay put and continue to be a dependable squad player, but it would be hard to begrudge him a transfer elsewhere as he looks to kick on again in his career.

In other news, Klopp is believed to have set his sights on signing one player. Find out who it is here

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