Why Liverpool 19-year-old should leave Anfield after Klopp snub
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Liverpool’s Joe Gomez should consider leaving Anfield on loan next season in search of regular first-team football.
The 19-year-old defender returned in November from a 15-month lay-out with a ACL injury and has mainly been restricted to the club’s Under-23s since.
He has been unable to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans, despite being a promising player in the first-team before his injury setback.
Liverpool’s biggest problems have been in defence and that was highlighted in Monday night’s 3-1 defeat to Leicester, but Klopp has decided not to recall the youngster.
Gomez played in all three of the Reds’ FA Cup games in January, but those are the only minutes he has had in the senior side this season.
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The centre-back continues to be omitted from the match day squad in the Premier League and looks unlikely to force his way into contention anytime soon.
Klopp has used make-shift centre-back Lucas in defence recently during an injury to senior player Dejan Lovren, while Gomez has been unable to get a look in.
It’s crucial he is experiencing regular first-team football at his age if he is to develop into a top player, something the England Under-21 international has the potential to do.
There would surely be a large number of top-flight clubs interested in him if he was made available for loan and it would be in the best interests of the club and player.
Gomez would have the opportunity to prove to Klopp he is ready to play for Liverpool and gain valuable experience elsewhere.
In other Liverpool news, Richard Keys claims Klopp could be regretting this after defeat to Leicester.