Early setback for Jurgen Klopp as knee injury rules Joe Gomez out for season

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Early setback for Jurgen Klopp as knee injury rules Joe Gomez out for season

The 18-year-old was forced from the field after injuring his right knee in the 80th minute of England U21s’ 3-0 victory against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

England U21 boss Gareth Southgate moved to ease fears over the extent of Gomez’s injury after the game, but Liverpool will hold a press conference today where they are expected to confirm that the 18-year-old left-back’s season is over.

Gomez played in the Liverpool’s first five Premier League games of the season, as well as their first two Europa League encounters against Bordeaux and FC Sion — but Alberto Moreno has been preferred in recent weeks.

His absence will be a blow to new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who is set to take charge for the first time at Tottenham in Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League encounter.

Ahead of Klopp’s first game in charge, midfielder Lucas Leiva has spoken of the positive effect the German has already made.

Klopp was appointed last Thursday as successor to the sacked Brendan Rodgers and the German oversaw his first training session in the job at Melwood on Monday.

The group that took part — small in number due to players being away on international duty — included Lucas.

And the Brazilian says he has been impressed by a “very passionate” approach from Klopp that has seen the former Borussia Dortmund boss calling upon his new charges to increase their intensity and aggression.

Lucas said yesterday: “So far, so good. Monday was our first day on the grass with the new manager in charge. It has been very positive.

“There is a lot of information and as players we need to listen a lot now, and learn and try to put everything he asks us to do onto the pitch and off the pitch as well. It has been very good, very positive and hopefully it will keep going like that.

“He seems to be very passionate — he likes to put in everything that he has and he asks the players for the same. Be very intense, be aggressive with yourself, is what he has been saying.

“Always try to be better, always give 10 metres more, because that will be the key to success. That is what he has been saying to us.”

Klopp built up a fine CV at Dortmund, winning two Bundesliga titles and reaching the Champions League final. Lucas has no doubt the 48-year-old is an inspirational figure and is feeling optimistic about what Liverpool can achieve under him.

“He was so successful at his last club, Borussia Dortmund,” Lucas said.

“Of course, when a manager like him comes it always gives you a lot of hope.

“If we have the same success that Dortmund had when he was there, everyone will be happy.”

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