Liverpool are sweating over the fitness of defender Joe Gomez after the young defender limped off with a suspected knee injury during England U21's 3-0 win over their Kazakhstan counterparts in the U21 European Championship qualifiers on Tuesday (13 October). His absence will be a big blow for Jurgen Klopp ahead of their trip to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham on Saturday (17 October).
According to ESPN FC, the Reds are confident that the defender's injury is not as bad as first suspected and he will be assessed once he arrives at their Melwood training base on Wednesday (14 October). Gomez, who joined the club from Charlton Athletic in the summer, was substituted in the 80th minute of the game against the Kazakhs.
The 18-year-old defender has been impressive since his arrival at Merseyside, and started the season as Liverpool's first choice left-back ahead of the more experienced Alberto Moreno. The Spaniard, however, has reclaimed his place following the Reds' 3-1 loss to Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp, who is already without the likes of Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke and Jordan Henderson for the clash against Tottenham, will hope the defender can recover ahead of the weekend contest, which will be his first game in-charge as the new Liverpool boss. England U21 boss Gareth Southgate believes that he should be available for selection, after allaying fears regarding the extent of the injury.
"It seems to be OK, we were a bit concerned at first but we are hopeful it's nothing too serious," Southgate said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
The England U21 team continued their 100% start to their European Championship qualifying campaign following their second win over Kazakhstan – their first came in a 1-0 win over Norway U21's – and are the only team in the group with maximum points from their two games. The young Three Lions, however, are currently in third place in Group 9, and trail joint leaders Switzerland U21 and Norway U21, who have played more games, by one point.