Klopp reportedly suffers first Liverpool blow, teenager Joe Gomez set for lengthy absence

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez could be out for up to nine months with knee ligament damage.

According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool's teenage defender Joe Gomez could be out for around nine months after suffering an injury with the England Under-21's.

Gomez, 18, joined Liverpool from Charlton Athletic this summer, and whilst he was expected to be one for the future, the defender found himself an instant role in the Liverpool starting line-up, with Brendan Rodgers selecting him at left back - a position he had never played in before - ahead of Alberto Moreno.

A strong start to the season earned Gomez plenty of plaudits, and he has also nailed down a place in the England Under-21 side, and featured against Kazakhstan on Tuesday evening at the Ricoh Arena.

The night didn't end well for Gomez though, as he was substituted with a serious-looking knee injury - and the severity of that injury is now coming to light.

The Daily Mail report that Gomez is waiting for results from a scan on his knee, with the belief that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament - which could rule him out for up to nine months.

It's the first major blow for new manager Jurgen Klopp, who was no doubt looking forward to working with a young talent like Gomez during his time at Anfield.

With Gomez's season potentially over, Klopp will have to wait before developing Gomez, and it could force the German in to the transfer market in January, with a left back possibly on his transfer wish list.

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