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Jurgen Klopp encourages Joe Gomez after knee injury

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Jurgen Klopp has described Joe Gomez as a "wonderful young boy" after meeting the Liverpool defender for the first time.

Unfortunately, they had a regrettable topic to discuss: Gomez's anterior cruciate ligament injury, which is set to keep the 18-year-old out for the rest of the season.

The left-back went down with the injury in the 80th minute in an England Under-21 tie against Kazakhstan and scans have since confirmed that he has ruptured his ACL, meaning surgery and a nine-month lay-off awaits.

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Having arrived from Charlton in the summer, Gomez quickly established himself as the club's first-choice left-back under Brendan Rodgers. With Klopp an advocate of using young talent, he was tipped to keep his place under the German coach.

Now Alberto Moreno will get the chance to re-establish himself at Anfield, but Klopp has given his backing to Gomez, insisting he is ready to wait for the hot prospect to return to full fitness.

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"The information about young Joe Gomez is not the best. He came back here and I met him for the first time," he told reporters.

"What a wonderful young boy: tall, muscles in the right positions, but he has an injured knee - an ACL.

"We have to make a further diagnosis and we will see when he gets operated on but from this point on he can count the days until he comes back.

"It was not the best day in his life but he is a young guy and I am pretty good at waiting for players, young players especially. This is his home and we will do everything to help him come back as soon as possible."

Second ACL blow

Klopp is also likely to address the devastating news that striker Danny Ings suffered the same injury in his first training session under the new manager. Ings, who had just made his debut for England against Lithuania, is also set to miss the rest of the season as well as Euro 2016.

Like Gomez, Ings arrived in the summer transfer window and, like Gomez, was starting to impress. The 23-year-old grabbed a goal in the recent 1-1 draw against Everton in what was his third strike in the current campaign.

With Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino out with short-term afflictions, Klopp will have only Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi to choose from when his side travel to Tottenham on Saturday.

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