Joe Gomez admitted to the official club website that watching his Liverpool teammates from the sidelines while injured was really tough.

Being out injured is always extremely tough for a professional footballer but it’s made even harder when your teammates are setting and breaking records in your absence.

The 18/19 season has been one of the most remarkable seasons for this club, with the Reds recording 97 points in the Premier League and reaching the Champions League final in historic fashion.

Adama Traore and Joe Gomez.

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Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate to progress from their semifinal tie with the Spaniards after going into the first leg 3-0 down after being humbled at Camp Nou.

Gomez, speaking to, revealed how tough it was having to watch from the sidelines this season, saying: “It’s probably underestimated a bit how much it can affect us as footballers.


“Like it might just seem that you’re injured and now you just watch the boys, but it hurts – especially [in] a year like this that was pretty historic.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

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“To watch a large majority of those games, having had a taste of it at the beginning was difficult to take.

“Obviously, it was nice to overcome it and get a bit of involvement at the end.”

Gomez was brilliant at the start of the season and was beginning to form one of the most impressive defensive partnerships the Premier League has ever seen before he was cruelly injured.

Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.

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In stepped Joel Matip who has been absolutely amazing, in all fairness. His awareness, defensive interventions and ability to pass or run out from the back have been crucial to ensuring that Liverpool didn’t suffer too much in the absence of Gomez.

The 21-year-old defender will be hoping that Liverpool don’t sign the likes of Matthijs de Ligt in the summer as that will seriously jeopardise his chances of starting for the Reds next summer.

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