The Englishman’s rehabilitation process was thought to be going well – until recent reports claimed he had hit yet another roadblock.
Jurgen Klopp has downplayed suggestions defender Joe Gomez has suffered an injury setback.
Gomez last featured for Liverpool in the 1-1 Premier League stalemate with Manchester City in November 2020 as a patella tendon rupture he suffered while on international duty with England shortly after forced him to miss the rest of 2020-21.
He was forced onto the treatment table one month after Virgil van Dijk, who had suffered a season-ending injury after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.
With the 24-year-old center-back’s recovery being on track, it was expected of him to return to full fitness ahead of the upcoming season – until reports surfaced that he had endured another setback during a pre-season training session in Austria.
“Not at all. No setbacks at all. Not for Joe, nothing – he’s trained completely normal,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website, dismissing those reports.
“That’s the thing, these boys are not injured anymore, they are just not at 100 per cent yet. There are usually setbacks but so far there were no setbacks with Joe and Virgil and nobody [else] – they are all fine.
“What they had to do they did, no reaction with the knee, nothing, all fine. The world wide web had obviously too much time.”