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Liverpool boss Klopp: Gomez on same level as our three other centre-halves

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted Joe Gomez will start their FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest.

Klopp believes Sunday's FA Cup trip to Forest could be the ideal chance for Gomez to kick-start his Liverpool season.

The defender was out of competitive action between November 2020 and September 2021 after a serious knee injury on England duty nearly 18 months ago.

The return to full fitness of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, plus the arrival and impressive adaptation of £36million signing Ibrahima Konate have made game-time limited for Gomez following his comeback.

"He's been good, Joe is an outstanding centre-half and an even better boy," Klopp said. "So he is good but of course it is not the situation he wished for.

"You have a really long time injured and then you come back and think 'I'm ready, let's go' and then you have the problem - not a problem but the situation - of the three other centre-halves who could start earlier and gain rhythm game after game.

"And he was a bit unlucky in the FA Cup when he was not positive but it was a false positive so he couldn't play and was unlucky on top of that.

"He is a top-class player and not an inch worse than all the other three who are playing, but the other three have rhythm because they have played more often.

"That's the problem we have, but for a club with aims and ambitions we have it can happen. It will not last forever but so far it has happened like this. And the next game would be a good opportunity for him - that's true."

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