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Jurgen Klopp responds to Joe Gomez "setback" in detailed Liverpool injury update


Jurgen Klopp has rubbished speculation Joe Gomez has suffered a “setback” on his long road to recovery.

The Liverpool boss also provided a comprehensive update on his other injured players including defenders Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip.

Gomez suffered a patella tendon rupture while on international duty with England last November, ruling him out for the 2020/21 season.

The 24-year-old’s injury came one month after Virgil van Dijk’s campaign was ended by an anterior cruciate ligament rupture.

The pair were later joined in the treatment room by Joel Matip, who sustained ankle ligament damage in January, and Trent Alexander-Arnold after the England right-back suffered a thigh injury last month.



Gomez has not suffered a setback on his road to recovery
Gomez has not suffered a setback on his road to recovery

Each of the quartet is targeting a return as the Premier League starts up again next month, but recent reports online suggested Gomez’s recovery was not going to plan.

But Klopp put those rumours to be as he spoke to Liverpool’s official website from the Reds’ pre-season training camp in Austria.

“That’s the thing, these boys are not injured anymore, they are just not at 100 per cent yet,” said the German.

“There are usually setbacks but so far there were no setbacks with Joe and Virgil and nobody [else] – they are all fine.

“What they had to do they did, no reaction with the knee, nothing, all fine. The world wide web had obviously too much time.”

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Klopp refused to put specific return dates on his recovering players, but Alexander-Arnold and Matip may return for pre-season fixtures against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart on Tuesday and Mainz on Friday, with Van Dijk and Gomez not far behind.

“It’s different [for each of them],” added Klopp. “I think there is absolutely no doubt Joel can play on Tuesday.



Klopp also provided encouraging updates on Van Dijk (left) and Matip (centre)
Klopp also provided encouraging updates on Van Dijk (left) and Matip (centre)

“Trent looks for me like [he can] but I will have to speak to the medical department and they will tell me if it is too early. I don’t think [it is], I think he could play a few minutes on Tuesday.

“Then, Joe and Virgil are in a similar situation – not exactly the same, but similar. Both have done parts of our normal training and then they have to do extra parts.

“Yesterday we had to do some sprints – hard sprints and these kind of things, which we didn’t do in the normal training – so they do extra stuff and sometimes a little bit less if the things what we are doing is too intense for them. They are getting closer and closer, that’s the impression we have.

“What they did in training so far worked really well and we will see when we can involve them in complete normal training – I don’t know that and I don’t rush it either. It makes no sense, we waited so long and now we can wait a few days longer, that’s no problem.”

Klopp also responded to an encouraging video from Friday’s training session which showed Matip scoring twice.

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“I am not sure if we have it on camera, but when Joel scored the goal [in training], [first-team coach] Pete Krawietz was standing next to me and said, ‘Good surgery!’ He is in good shape, wow.

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“Joel Matip is this kind of player, who flourishes in the moment when he enters the pitch. I think nobody heard him saying a lot of things when he is stood next to the pitch, but when it is a game situation – whichever game it is – he is in.

“He missed that very much because he was out for a long time, but as I said before he was the closest of all the four long-term injuries. Trent is now in normal sessions as well and we’ll see what we do with that on Tuesday.”





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