This international break was a tough one for Liverpool fans. Jürgen Klopp’s men were risked in games of little consequence. Thankfully, the Reds have been handed a positive Joe Gomez injury update. The centre back withdrew from the England squad with a knee problem.
The Express have reported Gareth Southgate’s comments on the Gomez injury: “He’s absolutely fine, he took a clash of knees. We scanned it to be certain and I think he’ll be fine in a couple of days, but he wasn’t able to train.”
JoGo was just one of five Liverpool players to withdraw from international duty. Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Mo Salah and Andy Robertson all returned home early.
What RTK has to say
The Joe Gomez injury update is a welcome one but comes as no surprise. It was a nightmare international break for the Reds defender: he was assaulted by Raheem Sterling and booed by England fans as a result.
When news came through of an injury to the young centre back it was always going to be one of two things: an absolute disaster or a way out of a toxic England camp. Thankfully, it has transpired to be the latter.
Gareth Southgate has some serious questions to answer over the handling of Liverpool players this international break. Joe Gomez should not have been subjected to the abuse that he faced at Wembley, abuse that came as a direct result of Southgate’s poor judgement.
The Three Lions boss also acted recklessly in his handling of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, playing the midfielder twice in three days. Jürgen Klopp has been handling the returning midfielder with care, he has every right to be annoyed with Southgate’s gung ho approach.