Klopp makes Gomez Liverpool admission: ‘That was the only reason’

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims the only reason Joe Gomez was not playing at the start of the season was due to fitness.

Gomez has impressed having come back into the side, with both Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren out through injury.

But Klopp insists that Gomez is his first choice option alongside Virgil van Dijk, and believes his brilliant recent performances are what he expects from an “outstanding centre half”.

Klopp said: “It is not a surprise. Because of his age there is still space for improvement but what a player.

“He got injured and thank god other players stepped up. We have four sensational centre halves. Matip didn’t cost a penny, we have four sensational centre-backs.

“Unfortunately they aren’t always fit together. That was the only reason he did not play, now he plays.

“He’s exactly the type of player I expect to see, an outstanding centre half.

“The future is bright for him because he is that much of a talent. The whole dressing room adores Joe because he’s such a nice fella so that’s good.”


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