Gareth Southgate had long chat with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after Joe Gomez injury

England boss Gareth Southgate had a long phone conversation with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Wednesday evening following the news of Joe Gomez’s serious knee injury. Gomez went down unchallenged in England training on Wednesday morning and was reportedly in immediate agony. The 23-year-old is set to miss the majority of the season after undergoing surgery on the patellar tendon in his left knee.

During his press conference yesterday, Southgate revealed how upsetting it was to see Gomez in as much pain as he was.

And he has revealed that he has spoken to his club manager Klopp at length to explain the situation.

Southgate insists players are being asked to play too many games in a short space of time.

And he said Klopp agreed with his views.

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“I think all managers, I had a long chat with Jurgen last night, we’re all worried about player welfare,” Southgate told ITV.

“To lose a player in the way we did yesterday, for us and for Liverpool, but most importantly for the boy, was really tragic.

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“So I’ve said there needs to be a look at the calendar, we’re fortunate that we’ve got the six subs tonight [against the Republic of Ireland], five for the Nations League, we’ve got to try and lessen the load as much as we can for the players.

“Unfortunately the injury was so unique in how it happened that we know it was just a consequence of the number of games really.

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“Wherever he had been, there was a chance that would have happened.

“So we were on the same page, we think the welfare of the players is critical.”

The news of Gomez’s injury comes as a further blow to Liverpool’s hopes of retaining the Premier League title.

Liverpool were already without Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season after he injured his anterior cruciate knee ligament in October’s Merseyside derby against Everton.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is also set for a spell of up to six weeks on the sidelines with a calf problem, though Fabinho is close to returning from a hamstring injury.

Joel Matip is currently available but he himself has been hampered by fitness issues in the last 12 months.

Rhys Williams, 19, and Nat Phillips have impressed in their performances so far this term but seriously lack experience at the top level.

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