‘I know what it takes and I’ll be back’: Liverpool’s Joe Gomez promises to come back better than ever after suffering serious knee injury on England duty
- Liverpool defender Joe Gomez injured his knee in England training this week
- The centre-back is expected to miss most of this season due to the setback
- Gomez claimed on social media he is determined to bounce back from the blow
- The 23-year-old is a doubt for England’s European Championship campaign
Joe Gomez has vowed to come back ‘better and stronger than ever’ from the knee injury that could rule the Liverpool and England defender out for the rest of the season.
The 23-year-old picked up a serious injury this week while training on international duty with Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions and is expected to miss most of Liverpool’s Premier League title defence this term.
Gomez, who is also a doubt for next summer’s European Championships with England, described the setback as gutting but will support his Liverpool team-mates in the long-run.
Joe Gomez (above) has vowed to come back better than ever from his serious knee injury
The Liverpool defender took to social media on Friday to reveal his desire to bounce back
The defender said on Friday: ‘The road to recovery has already begun. I’ve been here before, I know what it takes & I’ll be back better and stronger than ever.
‘I’m obviously gutted, but this is part of gods plan and I believe everything happens for a reason. I’d like to thank everyone for their well wishes and messages of support.
‘I’m focused on my recovery and supporting my team mates in any way I can. See you soon.’
The news is another devastating blow for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, who already have a long injury list all over the pitch this season.
Gomez was injured in an England training session after playing six times in 19 days for the Reds
Liverpool already have key central defender Virgil van Dijk out for most of this season after being injured by Three Lions goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the Reds’ Merseyside Derby draw with Everton in October.
This means Joel Matip, who is struggling for fitness, will be the Reds’ only recognised centre-back in their quest to defend their Premier League crown.
Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is out for around four weeks after being injured in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City, while midfielder Fabinho – who can also play in defence – was ruled out of November’s matches with a hamstring issue.
Liverpool already have Trent Alexander-Arnold (left) and Virgil van Dijk (right) out injured
The Reds also have injury and coronavirus concerns over Fabinho (left) and Mo Salah (right)
Furthermore, it was announced by the Egyptian FA on Friday that Mohamed Salah has been diagnosed with coronavirus just days after attending his brother’s wedding in his home country.
England manager Southgate maintained that he could not be blamed for Gomez’s injury on international duty, with the Three Lions coach claiming the defender would have been injured anyway due to Liverpool’s hefty fixture congestion.
The centre-back had played six times in the 19 days before his injury during England training.
England boss Gareth Southgate (above) distanced himself from the blame for Gomez’s injury
Southgate told ITV on Thursday: ‘I had a long chat with Jurgen. We’re all worried about the players. To lose a player like we did yesterday was really tragic.
‘Unfortunately the injury was so unique with what happened, it was a consequence of the number of games.
‘There needs to be a look at the calendar. We have to lessen the load (on the players). Wherever he would have been, there was always a chance that would have happened. We think the welfare of the players is critical.’
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