FIFA will pay Liverpool £2m to cover the injury to Joe Gomez, according to reports. The defender left the England camp for knee surgery.
The Daily Mail claims FIFA will pay Liverpool £2m after Joe Gomez picked up an injury on international duty.
The 23-year-old suffered a bad one while training with England. Knee surgery was the result, with an unknown return date.
And with Gomez set to miss a significant chunk of the season, FIFA owed Liverpool compensation.
FIFA have a ‘Club Protection Programme’ that compensates clubs for injured players. They will now cover Gomez’s 80k-a-week wages until he returns to first-team training.
As we said, that could be some time, hence the large compensation.
What RTK has to say
Some compensation is certainly better than nothing but it’s safe to say Liverpool would rather have Gomez.
Not only is the 23-year-old a key part of the starting XI, he was already covering for Virgil van Dijk.
Now both are gone for the long-term and Joel Matip is the only remaining senior centre-half. He’s not reliably fit, either.
But honestly, this injury goes far beyond costing Liverpool in wages. £2m won’t even come close to covering the cost.
Firstly, it hurts Liverpool’s season and they’ll now struggle to compete for trophies. But again, it goes beyond even that.
In an attempt to save the season, the Reds will almost certainly bring forward any plans to sign a defender. Instead of moving in the summer, they’ll move in January.
But that will come at a premium. Clubs don’t like selling good players midway through the season as it is. On top of that, Liverpool will negotiate from a desperate position and you can imagine selling clubs will take advantage.
So the £2m is better than nothing, yes. But it’s a drop in the water, in truth.