Joe Gomez speaks out on signing new Liverpool contract and his ‘devastating’ injury

Joe Gomez has signed a new contract at Anfield (Picture: Liverpool FC)Joe Gomez has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.

The England international has committed his future to the Reds by extending his three-and-a-half-year stay with the club.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: ‘Signing this new deal means the world to me.

‘I’ve been at the club a few years now and have had the pleasure to play for Liverpool and experience what that means, so I am delighted to get the chance to extend my contract here.

‘I love the club, I love playing and learning here, and I am happy for that to continue.’

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Having shown glimpses of his immense potential for Charlton Athletic, Gomez was signed by Liverpool in 2015 and has since played over 50 games for the Premier League club.

‘There have been a lot of highs and lows, it’s my fourth season now and every one has been different,’ Gomez added.

‘Obviously I would like to have had a few less setbacks along the way, but it has all been part of my journey – one that I have loved and embraced. I have learned so much.

‘There have been good times on the pitch as well. Hopefully that can continue.

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‘I am learning under a great manager and great coaching staff and have all the tools around me to keep progressing and learning. I am looking forward to it.’

The England defender has been ruled out for around six weeks due to the lower left leg fracture he sustained during the win at Burnley.

But he is confident he will soon be back in the fold at Anfield to help Liverpool’s Premier League title push.

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‘Obviously I am devastated with the timing of it,’ he said. ‘You never want to get injured.

‘I’ve been here a few years and I am still young, but it’s something I’m used to and I am capable of dealing with setbacks like this. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.

‘You never want to be injured, as a player you always want to play. It will be tough for me sitting out for a while, but I will do everything I can to get back better and stronger.’

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Joe Gomez speaks out on suffering a leg fracture vs Burnley

Gomez has played an important part this season for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Joe Gomez has vowed to comeback even stronger after suffering a leg fracture in Liverpool’s recent 3-1 win over Burnley.

Gomez was stretchered off the pitch following a collision with Ben Mee and he now looks set to miss six weeks with the injury.

The England international took to social media on Friday to provide the fans with an update, and he looked in positive spirits doing so.

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‘Hi everyone, it’s Joe. I just wanted to say thank you to you all for your kind messages and well wishes,’ said Gomez.

‘Obviously I’m gutted to have picked up the injury, but thankfully it’s not too serious and one that I can definitely be back strong from soon.

‘I will do my best to come back as quickly as possible and hopefully I will be back with you guys soon, so thank you.’

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The 21-year-old is set to miss the entire festive period, which is traditionally the busiest time of the club football calendar in England.

This period for the Reds includes vital matches against Napoli on December 11, Manchester United on December 12 and Arsenal on December 29.

A reasonable return date for Gomez would be Liverpool’s clash against Crystal Palace on January 19.

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Liverpool issue Joe Gomez update after injury in Burnley victory

Joe Gomez suffered a serious injury in Liverpool’s win over Burnley (Picture: Getty)Joe Gomez is expected to be ruled out for around six weeks after sustaining a leg fracture in Liverpool’s victory over Burnley.

The Reds came back from 1-0 down to clinch a 3-1 win over Sean Dyche’s side at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.

Gomez was substituted off after only 23 minutes following a challenge from Burnley defender Ben Mee.

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Liverpool said in a statement: ‘Gomez’s injury was further assessed by the Reds’ medical team at Melwood on Thursday.

‘Initial indications suggest the 21-year-old is facing a spell of up to six weeks out of action, though it’s dependent on how his treatment and rehabilitation programmes progress.’

Jurgen Klopp criticised Burnley’s tackling after the 3-1 victory, which saw Liverpool remain two points below defending champions Manchester City.

Gomez battles with Burnley’s Ben Mee (Picture: Getty)‘We won the game but the challenges from the beginning, the sliding tackling on that wet ground, I really think the referee should have said something earlier,’ Klopp said.

‘The injury threat is massive. That was hard.

‘You get the ball, nice, but it’s like bowling because you get the player as well. It happened four or five times.

‘The first three or four challenges everybody likes it. I know that. It’s part of football but it lead to the situation. OK, no foul but Joe Gomez is injured.’

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Jurgen Klopp delivers Joe Gomez injury update after Liverpool’s win against Burnley

Joe Gomez went off injured against Burnley (Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Joe Gomez could face a lengthy spell out injured after the youngster was forced off on a stretcher during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley.

The 21-year-old had to be replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold just 23 minutes into the game after being tackled by Burnley captain Ben Mee near the advertising boards behind the pitch.

Gomez looked to be in some pain as he left the pitch and afterwards Klopp suggested the injury could be a bad one with the defender set to undergo a scan tomorrow.

Speaking post-match, Klopp said: ‘It was his ankle. Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit. We have to see, we don’t know in the moment. We sent him home.’

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If Klopp’s suspicions prove to be correct and Gomez is out for some time, it would be a monumental blow to Liverpool as he has been one of their most consistent players this season.

The youngster has established a rock-solid partnership with Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool’s backline, helping the club to the best defensive record in the Premier League.

However, Klopp opted to rotate his side for the trip to Burnley, making seven changes which included Joel Matip being drafted in at centre-back, which pushed Gomez out to the right.

Gomez missed the Champions League final and the World Cup in the summer after having ankle surgery.

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Jurgen Klopp rates Joe Gomez’s chances of facing PSG and Everton after injury blow

Joe Gomez sustained an ankle injury ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Watford (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Joe Gomez should be available for Liverpool’s clash with Paris Saint-Germain, as well as next weekend’s Merseyside derby.

Gomez missed Liverpool’s 3-0 victory away to Watford on Saturday after sustaining a minor ankle injury in training and Dejan Lovren came in to replace the 21-year-old alongside Virgil van Dijk at Vicarage Road.

The Reds are preparing to take on PSG for their crucial Champions League tie in Group C on Wednesday evening and Klopp will be desperate to field his first-choice centre-back partnership in the French capital.

Liverpool also host bitter rivals Everton in the Premier League next weekend and Gomez is expected to be back to match fitness for both games.

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Asked about Gomez’s injury after the defeat of Watford, Klopp replied: ‘In the last second of yesterday’s session, he got a little knock.

‘We thought: “Come on, let’s bring him and have a look in the morning.” He said it was 80 per cent better, that’s good. So he’s no doubt for Wednesday.

The Englishman has had an impressive season for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘But we had Trent and Dejan at 100 per cent, so we didn’t have to make a decision.

‘It was clear he could be rested and can recover more, and then he is ready for Wednesday again.’

Jurgen Klopp was proud of Liverpool’s performance (Picture: Getty)Second-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino sealed the win for ten-man Liverpool – following Jordan Henderson’s sending off – and Klopp praised the manner of his side’s display.

‘It was a really mature performance. I am not sure if we had the ball in the past when we’ve played here, they were much more open games – especially the 3-3 we played here,’ he said.

‘We’ve never controlled games like this in the manner we do it now. I like that. I know a few people miss one or two situations which we had in the last season, especially the second part of the season.

‘We had these games last year, we had to play against teams like this. It is not fair to compare it with other games.

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‘In the similar games last year, we were not that convincing. It was not that clear that we controlled the games, but we controlled [this game]. They had moments, they had counter-attacks, you cannot avoid that.

‘[Ben] Foster has the ball, long one, and then it’s 50-50 or 60-40 for Watford. It is difficult. Controlling it, staying in that mood, being positive in a situation, that’s new for us and I like it a lot.

‘It was 3-0 and I don’t think any Liverpool supporter wants another result or another performance. It’s just exactly how it had be in our situation because we have to win football games week in, week out.

‘I am really happy about the way [we did it].’

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Why Joe Gomez misses Liverpool’s game against Watford

The defender picked up a knock in training (Picture: Getty)Joe Gomez picked up a knock in training and misses Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday, with Dejan Lovren coming into the team instead.

The England international played for his country in the crucial Nations League victory over Croatia last Sunday, playing the full 90 minutes, and had reported back to Liverpool fully fit.

He was not named among Jurgen Klopp’s injury doubts at the manager’s pre-match press conference, and is believed to have suffered the injury during Friday’s afternoon session.

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Liverpool confirmed: ‘Joe Gomez misses out due to a kick on the ankle in training, but it is not serious.’

Klopp will hope he can recover quickly ahead of a crucial week, with Liverpool facing PSG in the Champions League in Paris before hosting Everton in the Merseyside derby next weekend.

Gomez picked up an ankle problem in training this week (Picture: Getty)With Gomez sidelined, Lovren comes into the team for just his fourth Premier League start of the season – with Liverpool conceding only once while he’s been on the pitch.

The only other change for Liverpool for Saturday’s trip to Watford comes in midfield, where Jordan Henderson returns to the starting XI in place of summer signing Fabinho.

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Liverpool fans hail throw-in coach after England score from a long throw in Croatia win

Gareth Southgate congratulates Joe Gomez after his throw-in led to Jesse Lingard’s equaliser against Croatia (Getty Images)Liverpool’s appointment of a throw-in specialist in September raised some eyebrows but after England beat Croatia in the Nations League, the wisdom in that decision was there for all to see.

After Andrej Kramaric had put Croatia in front at Wembley, England were on course to finish bottom of their Nations League group and therefore suffer relegation from League A, bringing a positive year for English football to a disappointing end.

However, goals from Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane inside the final 12 minutes turned the game – and England’s Nations League prospects – around completely. Lingard’s equaliser which ignited the fightback came from a long throw into the box by Liverpool defender Joe Gomez.

Doing his best Rory Delap impression, Gomez hurled the ball into the penalty area from the right touchline onto the head of John Stones who flicked it onto Harry Kane and his deflected shot was tapped in from a yard out by Lingard.

Considering Gomez was deployed at centre-back, it was clearly a ploy beforehand to utilise him on long throws should England require a Plan B option. Perhaps his work on the training pitch with Liverpool’s throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark, is already paying off.

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Gronnemark, who holds the Guinness World Record record for the longest recorded throw-in at 51.33m, previously worked with Brentford, a club renowned for their left-field approach off the pitch, from coaching to scouting methods before linking up with Liverpool. He’s also worked with clubs in his homeland and in the Bundesliga.

Shortly after his arrival at Anfield, Gronnemark said of Gomez: “If I was a defender I would not want to be on the end of one of Gomez’s throw-ins.” Gomez’s club colleague Dejan Lovren probably feels that way now considering he was playing for Croatia at Wembley.

Jesse Lingard celebrates his equaliser for England against Germany (Getty Images)There were plenty of people who ridiculed Jurgen Klopp’s decision to appoint Gronnemark, including ex-Everton striker Andry Gray.

“I’m sorry, a throw-in coach? Here’s the ball, pick it up with both hands, take it behind your head and throw it with both feet on the ground,” Gray scoffed.

“I’ll tell you what, I’m officially a throw in coach and I’m also going to some clubs later this month to teach them how to kick off. I want to be the first kick-off coach.”

Gray and others who questioned the wisdom behind appointing a coach with such a niche speciality, might not feel quite so smug if Gomez continues to wreak havoc in opposition penalty boxes with his long throw missiles.

On Twitter, plenty of Liverpool fans and journalists were quick to highlight criticisms made of Liverpool’s appointment of Gronnemark after Lingard’s goal had gone in.

Liverpool player with long throw sets up England goal. Lots of people a few weeks back: lol Liverpool have a throw-in coach haha
— Alex Stewart (@AFHStewart) November 18, 2018

Liverpool’s throw-in coach paying off for England 👀
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) November 18, 2018

[various clips of pundits, and screenshots of tweets mocking Liverpool for hiring a throw-in coach]
— Nathan A Clark (@NathanAClark) November 18, 2018

Liverpool’s throw-in coach, who was mocked by the majority of England, has kept England alive with help from Joe Gomez.
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) November 18, 2018

Take the mick out of our throw-in coach now lads
Missile throw from Joe Gomez
— Raj Chohan (@rajsinghchohan) November 18, 2018

Liverpool’s throw-in coach has done more than Eric Dier for England this afternoon.
— Zac (@LFCZac) November 18, 2018

GIVE THE LIVERPOOL THROW-IN COACH A KNIGHTHOOD
— Lewis Tizard (@TizTaz99) November 18, 2018

Anthony Martial and Leroy Sane steal the show as Chelsea lose ground on Manchester City and Liverpool

The Premier League returned with a bang on the weekend thanks to an enthralling 2-2 draw at lunchtime at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Ross Barkley’s 95th minute equaliser maintained Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season and sparked a brawl in the tunnel after Blues coach Marco Ianni celebrated in Jose Mourinho’s face.

The fracas somewhat overshadowed a fantastic game in west London and, though Chelsea were pleased with a draw, Maurizio Sarri’s side finished the weekend trailing title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

Elsewhere, Cardiff recorded their first win of the season in a 4-2 thriller against Fulham and Tottenham maintained their best start to a Premier League season with a win over rivals West Ham.

But who made our team of the week?

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Lloris made a stunning save to deny Arnautovic (Picture: Getty)Jordan Pickford ensured Everton kept a clean sheet against Crystal Palace by saving Luka Milivojevic’s penalty but Lloris takes our spot.

The Frenchman had to be called upon four times as Spurs left the London Stadium with a 1-0 win against West Ham.

The 31-year-old had to be at his absolute best to deny Marko Arnautovic on three occasions, including a stunning save from the Austrian’s header.

Right-back: Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez could keep Liverpool’s right-back slot (Picture: Getty)Liverpool continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 win against Huddersfield but the Reds – not for the first time this season – were far from their scintillating best in attack.

Mohamed Salah got back to scoring ways early in the first half but the Terriers can count themselves unlucky for not getting a penalty from James Milner’s alleged handball.

Nevertheless, the home side failed to create many chances and few came down Gomez’s right channel.

The former Charlton ace started his second game in a row at full-back in Alexander-Arnold’s absence and he may just keep his spot if he keeps performances like this up.

Centre-backs: Antonio Rudiger & Jack Stephens

Rudiger had a hand in both of Chelsea’s goals (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri was furious with his side for disobeying his tactics against Manchester United but the Blues had Rudiger to thank for getting a share of the spoils at Stamford Bridge.

The German opened the scoring when he powered a header past David De Gea after losing Paul Pogba from a corner and was involved in the six-yard scramble that led to Barkley’s late equaliser.

Stephens was making his third league start of the season (Picture: Getty)Stephens was starting just his third Premier League game of the season against in-form Bournemouth and the Saints left the Vitality Stadium with a morale-boosting 0-0 draw.

Mark Hughes tweaked his tactics to press the Cherries in a 4-4-2 system and Bournemouth managed just two shots on target.

The Saints’ clean sheet is just their second of the season and their first in over seven weeks.

Left-back: Benjamin Mendy

Mendy provided another assist against Burnley (Picture :Getty)After a blistering start to the season, Mendy has featured just twice since September 1st.

The Frenchman missed six weeks of action with a foot injury, though Pep Guardiola has also been annoyed at the defender’s time-keeping and lack of focus.

Nevertheless, there’s no doubting Mendy’s attacking expertise and it was on display again during City’s 5-0 drubbing of Burnley.

Mendy played in Leroy Sane to complete the rout in the final minutes to record his fifth assist of the season.

Central midfield: Fernandinho and Etienne Capoue

Fernandinho scored one and assisted another (Picture: Getty)City ensured Joe Hart made a miserable [and busy] return to the Etihad on Saturday by putting five past Burnley.

Guardiola rested Raheem Sterling but there’s goals across the whole of this City team and Fernandinho proved that by drilling in an incredible third in the win.

The Brazilian placed a beautiful effort into the top right hand corner and then set-up Riyad Mahrez to score the fourth on a great afternoon for the Brazilian.

Capoue scored a stunning goal (Picture: Getty)Watford were beaten 4-0 by Bournemouth before the international break but the Hornets got back to winning ways with a fine 2-0 win against Wolves on the weekend.

Capoue opened the scoring at Molineux with a brilliant effort from outside the box to leave Rui Patricio rooted to the spot.

Wolves managed just one shot on target as they drew a blank at home and much of that was down to the defensive work of Capoue.

Attacking midfield: Erik Lamela

Lamela scored Spurs’ only goal at the London Stadium (Picture: Getty)Their performances haven’t always matched their results but Spurs have made their best start to a Premier League season under Mauricio Pochettino this term.

Saturday’s 1-0 win against West Ham was a result – and performance – that typified Spurs’ start to the season in that it was a hard-fought but far from glamorous win.

Lamela is one of the few attackers in form right now for Spurs and his header from Moussa Sissoko’s cross was enough to give Spurs all three points.

But aside from that, the Argentine was a constant threat to the Hammers defence and he displayed some lovely touches.

Left wing: Leroy Sane

Sane terrorised Burnley (Picture: Getty)Such is Guardiola’s plethora of options at the Etihad, the Spaniard was able to fully rest Sterling as Sane and Mahrez got the nod against the Clarets.

The German made a quiet start to the season but he’s recaptured his form in recent weeks and appears to be back in Guardiola’s good books.

Sane was a constant threat to Burnley and terrorised Matt Lowton down the Clarets’ right flank and got a deserved goal at the end when he converted Mendy’s cut-back.

Right wing: Anthony Martial

Martial is set to stay at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)His ability has never been in doubt but perhaps now, after three years at Old Trafford, we’re starting to see the real Martial.

The Frenchman led United’s comeback against Newcastle before the international break and scored a brilliant goal to equalise against the Magpies.

Too often under Mourinho has Martial followed up a good performance with a mediocre one but he was United’s best player at Stamford Bridge, scoring two brilliant goals.

Martial’s second, in particular, displayed his eye for goal and Metro.co.uk understands United are increasingly confident of the Frenchman signing a new five-year deal.

More displays like this and it’ll be money well spent.

Centre forward: Josh Murphy

Murphy equalised for Cardiff (Picture: Getty)Cardiff moved off the bottom of the Premier League table with their first win of the season after a 4-2 victory against Fulham.

The Bluebirds were rooted to the bottom of the league with Newcastle but Fulham replaced Cardiff in the bottom three thanks to their win in the Wales capital.

Murphy was at the heart of everything Neil Warnock’s side did well against the Lilywhites and he equalised early on with a precise finish after Andre Schurrle had given Fulham the lead.

Cardiff face Liverpool at Anfield next week so it was imperative the Bluebirds picked up their first win.

Metro.co.uk team of the weekend

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Liverpool’s Joe Gomez names the Manchester United legend he idolises

Joe Gomez has been a fixture of the Liverpool team this season (Getty Images)Liverpool centre-back Joe Gomez has admitted that the player he most looks up to is former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

Gomez has made an excellent start to the season, forming a solid partnership alongside Virgil Van Dijk in defence and helping his team concede just one goal from four Premier League games.

The ex-Charlton Athletic youngster missed out on the Champions League final and a place in England’s World Cup final to undergo ankle surgery but has since become a mainstay of Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Rio Ferdinand won 14 trophies with Manchester United (Getty Images)Now 21, Gomez has impressed with his quality on the ball as well as his defensive capabilities and he also hailed one of his current England teammates as another player he looks up to.

‘I probably idolise Rio Ferdinand and so on but when it comes down to it, I’m still a defender and I’ve got to enjoy the art of defending,’ he said.

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‘I want to do all I can to inherit both aspects and I’m still learning and I want to study those players and even current ones as well.

‘I look at even within our team, Virgil (van Dijk) is a great example to learn from. Here, John Stones is someone who I admire for his confidence and his ability on the ball. There’s a lot of top defenders around the world who I admire.’

After Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in January, he and Dejan Lovren emerged as Klopp’s first-choice pairing in the heart of defence.

Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk have formed an excellent partnership in Liverpool’s defence (Getty Images)However, Lovren’s late return to pre-season after helping Croatia reach the World Cup final and his return has been further delayed by a pelvic injury.

Gomez has directly benefited from Lovren’s absence and seized his chance to impress, playing every minute in Liverpool’s winning start to the campaign.

Liverpool’s start to the campaign has seen them live up to their pre-season billing as Manchester City’s nearest challengers and Gomez will be hoping to emulate six-time Premier League winner Ferdinand by lifting the title at the end of the season.

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Liverpool star Joe Gomez facing devastating Champions League and World Cup blow

Joe Gomez has undergone ankle surgery and won’t play in the Champions League final (Picture: Getty)Liverpool star Joe Gomez has been ruled out of the upcoming Champions League final and faces a race to be fit in time for this summer’s World Cup.

The 20-year-old has undergone ankle surgery after aggravating the injury he sustained on international duty last month.

Gomez played in Liverpool’s recent matches against West Brom and Stoke but will not feature against Real Madrid on 26 May as Liverpool aim to win their sixth European crown.

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Gareth Southgate is due to name his World Cup squad shortly after the final weekend of the Premier League season and former Charlton defender Gomez was almost certain to be included, given his excellent form and versatility.

For Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, Gomez’s injury represents the latest setback ahead of the final in Kiev.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out until the start of next season with a knee injury (Picture: Reuters)

Emre Can is fighting to be fit in time for the Champions League final later this month (Picture: Getty)Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain suffered knee ligament damage during the Champions League semi final first leg win over Roma and is out until the start of next season.

Klopp is also harbouring concerns over midfield duo Adam Lallana and Emre Can, while Joel Matip will not feature again this season due to long-term thigh injury.

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