Joe Gomez hasn’t really seen a lot of game time since breaking into the first team at the start of last season. Injuries have played a large part to that and with the youngster returning to full fitness, he is ready to claim a spot in the first team.
Liverpool though have been playing some great football and the pairing of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip is not to be messed with. Similarly, you cannot drop either Nathaniel Clyne or James Milner from the full-back slots. So where does that leave Gomez?
The 19-year-old is in dire need of first team football and his answers might have been answered by a couple of teams in England. According to Liverpool Echo, Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth both want him on loan and it could come down to making a tough choice for Liverpool and Gomez as to where he should go.
The ties that bind Klopp and Liverpool
The decision to send Gomez out on loan shouldn’t be though about. The English defender needs to play more games and nothing is better than starting for a team, irrespective of the division they are playing in.
The big question is which club should Liverpool send Gomez out to?
Bournemouth already have done decent business with the Reds. They bought Jordon Ibe and Brad Smith at the start of the season and both players have buy-back clauses in their contracts, which means if they do perform well, the pair could be seen at Merseyside again.
That would certainly be a positive for Gomez but breaking into Eddie Howe’s team would not be as easy as many expect. Bournemouth are slowly getting into form and Howe would not want to change things about at the club and the starting XI.
The other club in question is Huddersfield and their manager David Wagner might not be the biggest name in the English league but he does have a link with Klopp. Wagner was the best man at Jurgen Klopp’s wedding and this connection could lead Gomez to Huddersfield in January.
Tough decisions lie ahead for Gomez
As stated earlier, the youngster has to go out to get more playing time and even though Bournemouth are in the Premier League, it would be better if he does move a step lower to Huddersfield Town. The manager is known to Klopp personally and Gomez could break into the first team right from the get-go.
Gomez has a lot of time ahead of his career but he has to take the right decision now. Huddersfield isn’t the fanciest location to play at the moment but certainly provides him a better chance of getting back to full fitness.
Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet
Newcastle United are interested in Dominic Solanke, according to the Newcastle Chronicle (h/t Liverpool Echo). The report claims that the club is also looking at another Liverpool striker, Divock Origi.
The club already have a couple of players on loan from English sides, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, and would not be allowed to make another loan move in the January window.
Solanke has struggled for game time this season and hasn’t played a single minute of football for the senior side. The 21-year-old did score a goal for the Reds in the Premier League last season and made 21 appearances in the competition.
However, only five of those were starts and the youngster hasn’t featured in any of the cup games this season either. Minutes on the pitch will be tough for the Englishman as Liverpool prefer Roberto Firmino to lead the attack.
Daniel Sturridge has seen a revival in his Anfield career this season and has four goals to his name in all competitions.
Solanke does need time on the pitch to get better and it will be interesting to see if we are willing to let him leave in the winter window or not.
Liverpool injury update: Reds confirm that star attacker has undergone a successful surgery
The Senegalese star’s surgery was supervised by our medics and was successful. The report adds that Mane’s recovery will be monitored in the coming days ahead of our clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.
The 26-year-old is on a bit of a goal drought as he hasn’t scored for club or country since September 1. Mane’s last goal came in the 2-1 win over Leicester and the 26-year-old doesn’t even have an assist to his name since scoring that goal against the Foxes.
Liverpool need their top stars to be firing but have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Huddersfield clash. Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and James Milner all have issues that the club have to keep an eye on but we could see a couple of them start against the Terriers.
The Reds haven’t won a game since their 3-0 triumph over Southampton on 22nd September, but we should start as favourites against a win-less Huddersfield.
It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp does with his team. We don’t have tough fixtures until te game against Arsenal November 3, and this is the ideal time for the manager to rotate the squad.
Mane is an important player for the team but he should only play when he is 100% fit.
Barcelona interested in January swoop for 29-year-old Liverpool star
The Croatian has a couple of starts for the Reds this season, with one coming in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last week.
The 29-year-old has seen his spot in the starting XI taken up by Joe Gomez. Liverpool seem to prefer a centre-back pairing of Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, and that has seen us concede just three goals in eight Premier League games.
The La Liga champions are facing a bit of a crisis at the back, as per the report. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are out for a while and that only leaves Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as the fit central defenders in the team.
Barcelona haven’t looked invincible this season and have conceded nine goals in eight games. They sit second in the league behind Sevilla and have won just four of their opening eight games in the competition.
Lovren, for his part, recently came back from an injury he picked up during the World Cup. The Croatian looked in decent touch against Manchester City and selling him in January would be a big risk taken by the Reds.
Liverpool only have Joel Matip as their other senior central defender and we need to keep the Croatian at the club until the end of the season just in case there’s an injury crisis.
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