Klopp delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Tottenham trip
Jurgen Klopp delivers the latest Liverpool team news ahead of Saturday's trip to Tottenham
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Joe Gomez is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury while on duty with England’s Under-21 side.
Gomez suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and was forced off with 10 minutes remaining of his country’s U21 European Championship qualifier against Kazakhstan in Coventry.
The defender returned to Melwood for assessment but Klopp has now confirmed that Gomez requires surgery to correct the problem.
Klopp told a news conference on Thursday: “Gomez came here and I met him for the first time. What a wonderful young boy – tall and muscles in the right positions.
“But [he has] an injured knee. It’s an ACL. Now we have to make a further diagnosis and we will see when he has surgery.
“From this point on it goes in the other direction and he can count the days until he’s back. He’s a very young guy. It was not the best day in his life, of course.
“But I’m pretty good at waiting for players, young players especially. This is his home and we will do everything so that he can come back as soon as possible.”
The German coach, who was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor last week, also revealed that Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino are progressing in their recoveries from injury – but neither will be fit for Saturday lunchtime’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
The former Borussia Dortmund head coach continued: “Benteke and Firmino are on their way. They are back on the pitch, not in team training but they are getting better and better.
“I don’t know exactly when they will come back, but I hope next week into normal team training and then we will be able to see how good a shape they are in, how fit they are and how well they feel.
“We have to wait until next week. For sure, not Saturday. And Thursday, I don’t think so. Maybe [next] Sunday.”
Liverpool head into Saturday’s game in 10th place in the Premier League table and six points behind leaders Manchester City.