By Will Butcher
Joe Gomez is expected to miss Liverpool’s EFL Cup tie against Leeds on Tuesday night after featuring for the Reds’ development side on Monday.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the 19-year-old will be overlooked by Jurgen Klopp for the quarter-final clash as he continues his comeback from a long-term knee injury.
Unlike Gomez, youngsters Kevin Stewart, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria could all feature against the Yorkshire giants after missing the Under-23’s clash against Derby on Monday.
Ian Beale’s development side was set to be boosted by the presence of Gomez, who is likely to be made to wait for a first-team return.
Speaking about the defender, Beale said: “Joe trains with the first team at Melwood. That’s where he’s based. As and when he comes to the Academy.
“It’s about ensuring the boys get the best of both worlds. It’s a fine balance between having them around the first-team squad and making sure they get a game so a lot of planning goes into it.”
Former Charlton Athletic starlet Gomez has been sidelined since October 2015, after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament and then suffering an Achilles problem.
However, the versatile defender made his long-awaited comeback last week for Liverpool’s Under-23 side, who trounced Burnley’s reserve side by four goals to nil.
Gomez had previously broken into the first team at Anfield, making seven league and cup appearances before the injury struck.
Although he is likely to be made to wait after being overlooked against Leeds, Gomez could soon be back in the Liverpool first team as the busy Christmas period approaches.
In other Liverpool team news, this attacker is set to miss seven league matches after picking up and injury against Sunderland.