Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Joe Gomez will start during Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Nottingham Forest.
The defender has been a peripheral figure this season. Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate have been used more often by the Reds boss.
Gomez suffered an injury last season which ruled him out long-term. His setback came at the same time as Van Dijk who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
The 24-year-old is seen as a big player for the future but he has managed just 14 appearances in all competitions during 2021/22.
Now, Klopp has praised his centre-back and dropped a firm suggestion that he might be in the starting eleven at the City Ground later today.
He told the media: “The next game would be a good opportunity, that’s true.
“He’s an outstanding centre-half. He’s a top-class player, he is not an inch worse than all the other three who are playing. They just have more rhythm which is why they’re playing.”
Klopp has already confirmed that goalkeeper Alisson will start the game at the City Ground against Forest.
As a result, it seems as though Liverpool will be taking the quarter-final very seriously indeed.
Forest can make Gomez life difficult
Klopp talks about rhythm and one thing that Forest have going forward is rhythm. With that in mind, playing Gomez could be deemed as a risk on Sunday.
Brennan Johnson and Philip Zinckernagel will fancy getting some joy out of the defender who could be somewhat rusty.
Forest are in great form and face Liverpool at a good moment in their season. Although the injuries are stacking up for the Reds, they can relax and have a go this weekend.
The £75,000-a-week Gomez has been a decent player for Liverpool but Forest will hope to get some joy by attacking him later today.