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Liverpool’s Joe Gomez faces six weeks out with fractured leg

Joe Gomez has been ruled out of a critical stage of Liverpool’s season after breaking his left leg in Wednesday’s win at Burnley.

The Liverpool defender faces at least six weeks on the sidelines with a fractured leg after he was pictured leaving hospital on crutches on Thursday.

Gomez was earlier seen hobbling to the Spire Hospital, having been taken off on a stretcher in the win over Burnley on Wednesday night. And Liverpool have now confirmed that he will be out for the rest of 2018 with his return ‘dependent on how his treatment and rehabilitation programmes progress’.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has been pictured leaving hospital on crutches on Thursday

Gomez also wore a protective boot on his left ankle after being taken off away at Burnley

The defender was forced to unsteadily make his way up the disabled ramp to the hospital

England international Gomez was seen hobbling to the Spire Hospital on Thursday morning

Joe Gomez was forced to unsteadily make his way up the disabled ramp to the hospital and wore a protective boot on his left foot. 

The England defender received the news he had been dreading yesterday afternoon when he had a scan to determine the extent of the damage he suffered in a heavy challenge by Burnley defender Ben Mee. 

Though Mee’s tackle in the first half of Liverpool’s 3-1 win was legal, his momentum caused him to land heavily on Gomez’s ankle. The 21-year-old has a fracture at the bottom of his left leg, meaning he will be out for up to six weeks.

The set-back could not have come at a worse time for Gomez and his manager Jurgen Klopp, because it means he will miss games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City in the Premier League, as well as the Champions League decider with Napoli.

Liverpool are hopeful that six weeks will be the maximum time he is out but, at this stage of the campaign, it will mean he is potentially unavailable for up to 10 games. Gomez is distraught and, as a popular member of the dressing room, it has had an impact on his team-mates.

Klopp was unhappy with the intensity of Burnley’s tackles, but Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insisted they are going to have to get used to opponents being physical.

‘I think you’ve got to expect that,’ he said. ‘If you lose your head you can pick up cards.

‘The focus was brilliant in terms of maintaining control and creating chances. There were a couple of tackles that could have gone either way, but they’ve managed to get the ball.’

Gomez was sent clattering into the advertising hoardings by a tough tackle at Turf Moor

Henderson is determined to have a run of games in the team now, after an autumn disrupted by a hamstring issue and then a one-game suspension. He linked well with £52million man Naby Keita at Turf Moor and feels the Guinea international is starting to find his feet.

‘He was outstanding,’ said Henderson. ‘You can see how good he is on the ball, how comfortable he is driving forward with the ball.

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‘He’ll go from strength to strength as he gets more games and experience. You can already see he’s a fantastic player.

‘We’re going to need everyone over the next few months because the games come thick and fast. We need everyone to play their part.’  

The England international’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, was angry at the nature of Burnley’s tackling, claiming referee Stuart Attwell should have done more to curb their aggression. 

He said after the game: ‘I said to the referee after the first sliding tackle (made) over six or seven yards, when he got the ball and everyone liked it: ‘Please, tell them they cannot do that.

‘It wasn’t a foul but they cannot do that. It’s like bowling because then four or five times it happened. Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit.’

Gomez was clattered by Robbie Brady before a strong Ben Mee challenge saw the full back hurtle into the advertising hoardings and leave on a stretcher midway through the first half. 

Klopp became embroiled in a heated discussion with Burnley boss Sean Dyche after the game on the pitch at Turf Moor.

Jurgen Klopp became embroiled in a heated discussion with Sean Dyche over the tackle

The German later said: ‘Aggression is a part of football but be careful. Sliding over six or seven yards: these times are over. Usually someone will not let you do that.

‘We all want to win and you can choose different ways but someone needs to say: ‘Stop doing that’. Make two more steps and then you are in a normal challenge.

‘Don’t go five yards before you see the player when the grass is wet. It’s unlucky what happened to Joe but the referees have to make sure it doesn’t happen consistently. That’s not how it should be.’ 

Dyche however protected his players, and said that Klopp’s criticism was befuddling to him.

The managers clashed at the final whistle on the pitch following Liverpool’s midweek win

He said on Thursday:  ‘I was a bit confused. There were some excellent tackles. The only one that was questionable was Bardo’s (Phil Bardsley).

‘Ben Mee’s was a fantastic tackle and I think Gomez realised that. We send him our best if there is any injury but it wasn’t from a bad tackle.

‘Of course football managers can question whatever they like but I don’t think they can reinvent the rules. I don’t think there’s many fans in this country that want to see tackling go out of the game.’

Liverpool’s Joe Gomez faces six weeks out with fractured leg

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