11 Dec 2016

Photo Proof: 'Unbelievable' Liverpool youngster trains with Wijnaldum and Milner. Surprise start today?

Is Joe Gomez in contention for a place in today's matchday squad?

It certainly appears that way. Gomez trained with the first-team squad on Friday evening, which suggests that he's fit enough to be considered for inclusion.

Klopp definitely rates Gomez, and in an interview this week, he raved:

"Joe Gomez is he is an unbelievable talent. His pre-season has already started and he can get match time. That’s very important".

With Sakho on the outs, and Lucas operating as a makeshift centre-back, Gomez is coming to back to fitness at exactly the right time, and if Gomez is as good as Klopp claims, then perhaps he's an option to become Joel Matip's long-term partner at centre-back?

However, if Klopp signs another experienced centre-back (Van Dijk, for example) then Gomez's chances of regular first-team football next season will surely be limited.

Unless, of course, Klopp follows Brendan Rodgers' lead and players Gomez out of position at left or right back. Given the manager's propensity for playing square pegs in round holes, this is not beyond the realm of possibility.

Can Gomez make the bench today?


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