Liverpool journalist Paul Gorst was livid with the FA after Gareth Southgate revealed that Liverpool’s Joe Gomez and his injury was “down to the number of games”.
Gorst doesn’t hold back
23-year-old Gomez has been a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s side over the past two seasons, forming a strong and stable defensive partnership with the Dutch colossus Virgil van Dijk. He was brought to Anfield by former boss Brendan Rodgers, who described him as a “wonderful athlete” after making his debut in 2015.
But the Englishman picked up a serious knee injury during the international break that will see him miss a significant part of the 2020/21 campaign. With Van Dijk also out for similar reasons, it leaves Klopp in a crisis.
As Gomez’s setback took place during the Three Lions’ preparations for the friendly against Ireland, Gorst, who covers the Reds for The Liverpool Echo, was fuming after Southgate commented on the situation and why he thinks he may have pulled up.
Gareth Southgate confirms Joe Gomez’s injury was simply “down to the number of games”.
Makes you wonder why the FA have insisted on this friendly by drafting in Ireland after New Zealand walked away?
Football purely for the sake of it. That and money, obviously. Farce. #ENGIRL
— Paul Gorst (@ptgorst) November 12, 2020
This leaves Joel Matip as Liverpool’s only established centre-back available for selection, while Fabinho could be in contention to make a return after picking up a hamstring injury earlier in the campaign.
Transfer Tavern take
Gorst is spot on. It’s difficult to explain why friendly matches such as these are taking place before two crucial Nations League clashes. It’s not as if the players aren’t aware of the system that they play in under Southgate..
Liverpool are now in a dire situation and could have to seek an emergency free agent signing if their problems get much worse.
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