Joe Gomez

After Ragnar Klavan departed Liverpool for Serie A side, Cagliari, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was quizzed on if he thought Liverpool had enough options at centre-back.

And according to ESPN, Klopp personally sanctioned Klavan’s departure as Klopp had so much confidence in Liverpool’s young defender, Joe Gomez.

‘He’s a very good football player’

Speaking in a press conference ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Crystal Palace, Klopp was quick to praise Gomez.

“I was never in doubt about Joe and his ability to play at centre-half, but he needed time after a long injury.

“Now he is fit, which is good.

“He’s a very good football player and played the position good together with Virgil. They have a very good understanding — on a personal level as well. That’s really cool.

“But we have the others as well and Joel is close to being back. [He will] hopefully be able to be in the squad on Monday.

“So we have him, Dejan is still a bit injured, we have Nat Phillips. And if we need then Fabinho can play the position as well.

“We have enough players and we have to see who fits to which opponent and then we make a lineup.”

Gomez started in Liverpool’s back four in their opening game of the season vs West Ham. In which Liverpool kept a clean sheet and won 4-0. And it is likely Gomez will start again on Monday vs Palace.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool speaks to Zeljko Buvac, Liverpool assistant manager prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gomez’s injury troubles

Gomez arrived at Liverpool in July of 2015 from Charlton for a fee of around £4.41m.

However, since his arrival at Anfield, Gomez has been plagued with injury problems.

Just three months after completing his move to Liverpool Gomez would suffer a cruciate ligament injury that would keep the 21-year-old out for 234 days.

Gomez would then have problems with his Achilles tendon and that particular injury kept Gomez out for 128 days.

The Englishman then suffered a malleolar injury towards the back end of last season, which kept him on the sideline for 28 days.

Most recently, Gomez would need ankle surgery in May of this year. But thankfully, it now looks as though Gomez is fighting fit for the 2018/19 season.

The only problem Liverpool may have is keeping Gomez injury free all season.

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