Liverpool can't afford to give 24-year-old the loan move he likely needs

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Liverpool can't afford to give Joe Gomez the loan move he likely needs

Joe Gomez could likely use a loan move away from Liverpool this season. We’re not sure the Reds can afford to give him one, however.

So, Joe Gomez won’t be off to Aston Villa on loan, it seems. The Daily Mail moved to quash those rumours this week, saying he’s not on their shortlist.

But it does bring Gomez to the forefront and he’s in a very strange position at Liverpool right now. Like Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, the Englishman suffered a long-term injury last season and this season should be his big return.

Unlike his teammates, however, Gomez can’t stay fit and we haven’t seen much of him at all. He’s started one game across the Premier League and Champions League this season.

Now, Gomez should return soon but he’s certainly behind the others in terms of his rehabilitation. He’s also behind them in the pecking order, with Ibrahima Konate now ahead of him, too.

It’s easy, then, to feel like Gomez could really use a loan move. We’re just not sure Liverpool can really afford to give him one.

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Is Gomez going to get regular football at all this season? It’s difficult for a fourth-choice centre-back to get that, let alone when they’re coming back from injury.

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Liverpool are also in some fantastic momentum right now, with their defenders playing well. It’s a risk to throw Gomez in.

At the same time, it’s bizarre to be saying this. Gomez was sensational as Liverpool won the title the season before last. He established himself as one of the Premier League’s best before injury took him out in November 2020.

But things at Liverpool can change quickly. As Gomez well knows – unfortunately, he’s been in this position before.

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So right now, it feels like Gomez could use a loan away to get regular football over the second half of the season. We don’t see how he gets that otherwise as he’s playing catchup with the rest.

But Liverpool likely can’t afford to listen to offers. All of Van Dijk, Matip and Konate broke down last season – there’s that persistent worry that any of them could suffer a setback.

There’s also no real defensive cover at right-back and Gomez would be that, too. His departure, then, would likely cause more worries for the team than positives.

It’ll be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp manages him, then. Gomez is a brilliant player when fit – it’s just about getting him to that point. Right now, it’s tough to see an easy path.

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