Given the dearth of minutes for Gomez final time period it got here as a shock when the 25-year-old signed a brand new five-year contract with Liverpool this summer time.
It’s ironic, then, that Gomez’s first alternative may come as a consequence of an damage to one among his team-mates, with Konate “out for some time” after choosing up an damage in opposition to Strasbourg.
Although no timeframe has been given for the Frenchman’s layoff, it appears that evidently it is going to be longer than a matter of weeks, with Klopp suggesting Nat Phillips will now keep put as cowl.
Both approach, Gomez has an opportunity to keep away from the “stop-and-go” marketing campaign he endured final day out, as Klopp instructed reporters on Friday.
“For Joe, it’s most necessary that he stays match, in order that’s what we attempt to assist him with all we are able to,” the supervisor mentioned.
“That was the stop-and-go state of affairs, it’s not that he was match from first day and I didn’t decide him only for high quality causes.
“That was by no means the case. When he was continually match he performed an terrible lot of video games.
“Everyone knows that final yr we may rotate like loopy between the three of them, and at first it was Joey not match and when he turned match it labored rather well [with the others]. There are at all times causes.
“If he stays match, then all the pieces will likely be nice for him. Excellent participant.
“Sure, he wants rhythm like all of us want rhythm, and we attempt to give him that, that’s clear.”
Konate’s damage comes at an unlucky time for Liverpool, who’ve seven extra gamers on the therapy desk heading into the primary recreation of the Premier League marketing campaign.
Caoimhin Kelleher, Calvin Ramsay, Diogo Jota and Kaide Gordon all arrived for pre-season with health points, whereas Kostas Tsimikas, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones subsequently picked up accidents.
“The excellent news is that when you will have a large blow, like it’s with Ibou, it’s good to have options,” Klopp added of Gomez.
“Our resolution is, within the second, the state of affairs that now we have. We’re nonetheless there.
“However how I mentioned, it’s at all times the identical: it’s good to be fortunate with accidents. As a result of we’re very self-critical and take into consideration what can now we have performed otherwise.
“However other than the contact accidents, which might at all times occur, there have been good causes for [injuries] which we couldn’t affect. That’s the case for now.
“It’s all OK for the second, however Joey dedicated his future to this membership, so I can’t see why the following yr must be so necessary for him to show.
“I wished him to remain right here, he’s a high participant and he’ll play soccer video games for Liverpool, undoubtedly.”