Liverpool boss Klopp responds to suggestion Gomez needs a loan

Jurgen Klopp says he will “not be the driving force” behind any loan moves in the winter transfer market when asked if Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is in need of a temporary switch.

The England international had been a regular starter for Klopp before sustaining an injury which kept him out for most of last campaign.

Virgil van Dijk was also missing for the majority of the season last term and Liverpool moved to bring in defensive reinforcements in the form of Ibrahima Konate in the summer.

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That has seen now-fit Gomez slip down the pecking order at centre-back with a combination of Van Dijk, Matip and Konate playing most matches for the Reds.

Klopp told reporters on Wednesday afternoon: “It was not the best year for Joe with the injury and then coming back. We have not rushed his recovery or rehab. When you start playing and training again we had three or four 100% fit centre halves.

“We are patient and Joe is patient. And I don’t have any plans to give anyone on loan in the winter. I will not be the driving force anyway. He still needs time to train to get to where he was before.”


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Klopp thinks Liverpool will have to be patient as they search for the victory against Newcastle tomorrow, Klopp added: “We could have scored against Wolves and Aston Villa more than once. You have to have patience as well as hard work. There is a chance to score a goal right up to the final whistle.

“Newcastle are a really good football team, with good players in all positions. The Leicester result didn’t look like a 4-0 when you watched the game. They are on a run of not-so-easy games and we expect them to have lots of fight. We will need all the support from the stands to get the result we want.”

On what has changed at Newcastle under Eddie Howe, Klopp continued: “More possession, more shots on target, more offensive things. I have known Eddie for a long time, you can see glimpses of the Bournemouth style.

“They played a 4-5-1 when we won 2-1 at Anfield and they caused us some problems so maybe he will do that again.”

Klopp also reacted to one of the biggest football news stories of the day with Sergio Aguero calling time on his career after suffering from problems with his heart.

The Liverpool boss said: “I feel for him because he moved to Barcelona to have another exciting chapter in his career.

“At the moment I am pretty sure he is in shock. The impact he had on the Premier League and football was incredible. The goals he scored and the importance of them.

“He scored a very important one at least. He was a great player. One of the best I ever faced.”


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