Report suggests Liverpool were prepared to let Joe Gomez leave on loan

Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action with Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey

Gomez suffered an ACL injury last season, and has been hit with a further setback meaning he will miss the start of the season.

Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action with Bournemouth's Joshua KingLiverpool's Joe Gomez in action with Bournemouth's Joshua King

Liverpool had been considering sending defender Joe Gomez out on loan this season, a report in The Times suggests.

Gomez missed most of last season through an ACL injury and hadn't kicked a ball in anger since October but has been struck down by an Achilles tendon injury. 

The Times report reads: "Liverpool are awaiting confirmation of the extent of the damage but any plans for Gomez to go on loan in order to aid his recovery have been shelved and the teenager will instead remain at Anfield to work on his fitness."

Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action with West Ham's Manuel LanziniLiverpool's Joe Gomez in action with West Ham's Manuel Lanzini

It seems to read oddly alongside reports that Liverpool are now looking to bring a new central defender to the club in light of the teenager's injury, such as in the Liverpool Echo, which could lead many to feel that Gomez was going to be given a first team role at Anfield this season.

If Gomez were allowed to go out on loan, then one would think that signing a centre-back will have been in the plans all along with Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel departing the club this summer. 

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Andre Wisdom could offer cover while Tiago Ilori is set to represent Portugal at the Olympics but Wisdom hasn't progressed in the way that many will have hoped despite two loan spells away from the club, and Ilori has made very few appearances. 

Some would see the logic of easing him into first team action elsewhere in order to rebuild his fitness and match practice, but Liverpool would have been pretty short on numbers at the back without him at the club. If they were prepared to let him go out on loan, then there surely must have been some plan to bring in a new defender pretty swiftly. 

Liverpool's Joe Gomez during the press conferenceLiverpool's Joe Gomez during the press conference

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