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6th Jan, 2017 | 11:34am

Klopp delivers update on Liverpool team selection v Plymouth, 19-year-old could start

By Matt Farr

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that defender Joe Gomez may return to the starting line-up to face Plymouth

The Reds host the League Two outfit in the third round of the FA Cup at Anfield on Sunday, and Klopp suggests that it would not be a surprise if Gomez made the squad.

The 19-year-old has had a season hampered by injury, and has yet to appear in the Liverpool first-team this term, instead making one appearance for the reserve side.

However, the FA Cup tie comes as a welcome break in Liverpool’s rigorous Premier League title challenge, and offers Klopp an opportunity to rotate his squad.

Speaking to the media ahead of the Plymouth clash, as quoted by Liverpool Echo reporter James Pearce on Twitter, Klopp said: “Joe is in a good way. Really good in training. Playing for us is the logical next step. It wouldn’t be the biggest surprise if he’s in the line-up. It’s the next step for him.”

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Klopp will be without a number of players for the tie, including star forward Sadio Mane, who is set to represent Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Philippe Coutinho, meanwhile, remains sidelined with an ankle injury. There are also doubts over the fitness of James Milner, Joel Matip and Daniel Sturridge, who are all nursing knocks, and may not be risked at the weekend.

The cup fixture could also a see a return for under-fire goalkeeper Loris Karius. The German stopper was dropped from the first-team in mid-December after a series of costly mistakes, and Simon Mignolet has since held the No.1 jersey.

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