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JOE BLOW Liverpool defender Joe Gomez could be 'out for months' with serious knee injury suffered on England duty

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Joe Gomez is set for a spell on the sidelines (Nick Potts/PA)

Joe Gomez is set for a spell on the sidelines (Nick Potts/PA)

Joe Gomez is set for a spell on the sidelines (Nick Potts/PA)

Liverpool's medical team 'fear the worst' after defender Joe Gomez sustained what appears to be a serious knee injury while training with England on Wednesday.

Gomez damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in October 2015 and there are concerns that he could have suffered an equally serious injury, with Liverpool insiders waiting on the results of scan results.

It is shocking news for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who was relying on Gomez following a season-ending injury to Virgil van Dijk and the initial reports suggest Gomez's injury is 'serious'.

England manager Gareth Southgate has hinted he is fearful Gomez had suffered a serious injury ahead of Thursday night's game against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley, as he admitted knee ligament damage is the fear as the defender collapsed on the training pitch in an incident that did not involve any of his team-mates.

"I can't tell you how serious it is because he's yet to have scans," stated the England boss. "We can't speculate on the exact nature of the injury. It's not possible until we've seen scans.

"What was upsetting was to see he was in a fair bit of pain and the fact was there was nobody around him when the injury happened, so I didn't like that element of it.

"We've just got to wait and see what the scans show and we're all hopeful for him that it's not what it might be, but it's not a good situation. I don't see him being involved in the games with us, that's for sure."

Southgate went on to openly question the international football schedule for a second successive month, as he suggests the demands on players is unrealistic in an already condensed season.

"I spoke about this right at the beginning of the season," he said. "With Joe (Gomez) a good example: we knew the load he has had in the last six weeks or so.

"There are lots of discussions about extra subs and things like that. But the bigger picture here is that governing bodies, broader authorities need to work together.

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"We have a winter World Cup in two years. There was an opportunity this year to think differently.

"We gave him and the other players who had been in European matches who played Sunday, an extra day's recovery. Yet still something like this has happened.

"We have a winter World Cup in two years. There was an opportunity this year to think differently.

"The pandemic has thrown up all sorts of difficulties, but everybody's tried to cram the programme into a smaller period and nobody has given way and people haven't collaborated enough.

"We are going to see injuries and it's a desperately sad situation because when you see the impact on an individual, it hits home even more.

"We're now trying to affect things too late. A lot of these discussions could have happened in the summer, We could have delayed the start of the league, we could have delayed international football.

"We could have adjusted the calendar in its entirety and all worked together. And people haven't done that.

"We are going to see injuries. It's a desperately sad situation. When you see the impact on an individual, it hits home even more."

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