Joe Gomez: How Jurgen Klopp helped me get through Liverpool FC nightmare
The Liverpool FC defender opens up about Jurgen Klopp's role in his comeback from a serious knee problem
Joe Gomez has lifted the lid on how Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp helped the England defender recover from a serious knee problem.
The 21-year-old spent over 18 months on the sidelines with a serious knee problem in October 2015 before the versatile defender suffered a number of setbacks in his bid to return to full fitness.
Gomez ruptured his cruciate ligament during England Under-21 international duty a matter of days after former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor at Anfield.
The German coach handed Gomez his first start since 2015 in a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Anfield in their second Premier League game of the 2017-18 season.
The former Charlton Athletic defender has been one of Liverpool’s most-consistent defenders in a season which has seen Klopp’s back four leak goals at an alarming rate.
Gomez made his England debut in a goalless draw with world champions Germany before he managed to tame Neymar in a 0-0 stalemate with Brazil at Wembley earlier this month.
And the Liverpool FC star paid credit to Klopp’s role in helping the England international to make the transition back into the Reds team.
“Obviously the times when he’d speak to me [personally],” Gomez told The Sport Review in an exclusive interview.
“I think the big thing was bedding me back in. He seemed to know better than me if I was ready or not, and how I was actually doing, because you’re judgement can be a bit blurred when you come back, whether you think you’re ready and you’re not. He just knew how to bed me in and knew when I was ready.”
Liverpool FC signed Gomez in a £5m deal from Charlton in the 2015 summer transfer window.
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