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‘I owe a lot to him’ – Joe Gomez reveals classy Jurgen Klopp support during Liverpool star’s injury turmoil

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Latest Liverpool news and gossip as Joe Gomez talks about the support he’s received from Jurgen Klopp after earning his first England call-up in more than three years.

Joe Gomez has opened up on the support he’s received from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after his first England call-up in nearly four years.

Gomez was selected as part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the March internationals. The Three Lions will face Brazil and Belgium in friendly matches at Wembley Stadium over the next few days.

It’s the first time that Gomez has been called up to the England squad since November 2020. However, the Reds defender did not play any games due to suffering a knee injury that ruled him out for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

Gomez has 11 caps for England to his name across his career, and he’ll be hoping to add to that with appearances against Brazil and Belgium. The Liverpool centre-back has made 41 appearances in all competitions this season, and has thanked Klopp for the support he received after being called up to the Three Lions squad.

“The gaffer [Klopp] at the club is one of a kind and I obviously owe a lot to him,” said Gomez, via Liverpool’s club website. “He has been probably the biggest influence on my career, or definitely.

“It’s nice to have that support from your manager. I definitely didn’t ask him to do it! But he has obviously been a massive influence on me, not just as a player but as a person, so that was obviously nice of him.”

Gomez also reflected on the emotions he went through after discovering that he had been included in Southgate’s squad for the first time in more than three years. The 26-year-old also opened up on how he wondered if he would ever get the chance to represent his country once again.

“It is surreal, just because four years is quite a long time,” said Gomez. “I probably spent a fair bit of that time thinking about wanting to be back in the mix, and seeing the team do so well, and having a taste of it when I was quite a bit younger was obviously special.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I spent time thinking about wanting to be back with the boys and getting back to this level. It has played a big part in my mind and just giving me a new appreciation to be here and a different perspective because I know the flipside and how tough that can be.

“It’s obviously a privilege; it’s a cliche to say but it is a privilege to be here. And having that approach of gratitude, but also wanting to do well and wanting to prove to myself that I can be here and participate and play my part.”

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