Liverpool transfer decision increasingly urgent as FSG has to make a big appeal in January

It would be fair to say that Joe Gomez is perhaps one of the most unlucky footballers of the modern age.

The defender has been at Liverpool for just over six years and has managed just 131 appearances in all competitions for the Reds. Also at the age of 24, Gomez had suffered enough injuries to last a career, if not two.

This season, however, has undoubtedly been Gomez’s toughest at Anfield, with the arrival of Ibrahima Konaté and the resurgence of Joel Matip combining to lower the former Charlton man’s place to fourth in the league. the pecking order of the central half of Jürgen Klopp.

After suffering another long period on the sidelines last season, following a ligament injury sustained while on international duty in November, it brought his number of missed Liverpool games due to injuries in England at 91, in exchange for 11 caps for Gareth Southgate’s team. .

Of course, there’s certainly no value you can place on something as sentimental as an appearance in England, but for Gomez, it seems the cost of his national misfortune made him fight for his future at Anfield. A few days before January, a big decision looms for FSG.

Earlier this month, a rather heartwarming clip surfaced online of the Liverpool team filming children spending their Christmas at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in West Derby and one of the most poignant moments of the The encounter – aside from the heartwarming reactions of the children – was Virgil van Dijk spreading his arms to either side of Gomez and Konaté and saying: “These two are going to take my place at some point.”

Realistically, that will more than likely be the case given the Dutchman approaching 31 this summer, but with Gomez struggling to give Klopp food for thought in his handful of appearances over the course of the summer. the first half of the season bodes the question – how is he progressing?

Gomez has racked up just 426 minutes of action in all competitions so far this quarter, and after his performances against Preston and more recently Leicester City in the League Cup, it’s no surprise his manager is reluctant to push him into Premier League action. At this level, the margin of error is increasingly thin proven by the 12 minutes he has accumulated so far.

For a player with natural athleticism like the 24-year-old, there is always a greater need for a settling-in period when involved with the team. Like Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain at the end of October, Klopp only reaped the reward on his third or fourth start as he then worked his way through a healthy pace.

Although Joel Matip has produced the best form of his career at Anfield this season, coinciding with Konaté’s impressive adaptation, that leaves Gomez’s options very bleak, unless the Reds endure an injury crisis similar to the one they had. ‘they endured last season.

The London-born defender has been linked with a move to Aston Villa in the looming January transfer window, something Klopp refused at close range even to entertain earlier this month. However, the idea of ​​leaving Gomez on loan for the remainder of the campaign could be a high risk but even more rewarding for FSG, especially if the Reds do not receive a suitable offer for Nat Phillips.

Of all the current assets, Konaté and Gomez have the greatest long-term value. Naturally, Klopp doesn’t want to be left to his bare bones again this campaign, and given Matip and Konaté’s injury record, that makes perfect sense – but in order to ensure that Gomez’s short-term career isn’t limited to on the bench, Liverpool may have to take a significant risk in the next transfer window. The time for decision has come for FSG and Klopp.

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