‘Even the gaffer gave me a bit!’ – Joe Gomez reveals why Jurgen Klopp has been teasing him

Joe Gomez has been indispensable to Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool this season amid key injuries to the defensive unit.

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Joe Gomez has been indispensable to Jurgen Klopp as injuries in defense mounted up this season, with both senior left-backs in Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas ruled out with long-term injuries.

The ex-Charlton Athletic man has been deployed across the backline this season.

Sometimes the defender has even switched positions mid-match as he did against LASK at Anfield during the group stage of the Europa League.

Gomez has been at the club since 2015 and is the single remaining player to still be at the club since before Jurgen Klopp took over.

He became the senior player with the longest tenure at the club when Jordan Henderson left in the summer.

However, in all time, the 26-year-old has failed to score a senior goal.

Gomez has not scored a senior professional goal despite playing over 200 games for both Liverpool and Charlton Athletic.

His teammates, fans, and even Jurgen Klopp himself are understandably keen to see such a long-serving squad member find the back of the net.

What did Joe Gomez say about his goal record and Jurgen Klopp?

Now speaking on the We Are Liverpool podcast, Gomez has shared his feelings around this unwanted record and how Jurgen Klopp has been teasing him:

“It starts with me, doesn’t it? I have to believe,” the Reds defender began.

“I think the biggest thing is with Pete [Krawietz] I’m never really up for corners, so obviously that plays a role.”

“I’d have a little bit more of a chance maybe.”

“But it’s weird because in eight years it’s never been that apparent and now suddenly…”

“Even the gaffer gave me a bit, he said he’d give my wife some money if I scored – it’s worth giving it a go!” 

He then was asked if he has thought about how he would react or celebrate when that goal finally arrives:

“A little bit. I don’t really know.”

“It’s almost comical now, I almost have to play on it a bit.”

“I don’t know how I can live up to the goal! Even the lads are giving me a bit of stick.”

“In the school team, you couldn’t stop me. I was up front literally and then you just get pushed back.”

“But that was sort of the outlet – no pressure, just playing for the school. I did get a few hat-tricks for the school team, that’s for sure, but after that…”

“I score in training, I get some in training, but it’s just not come yet.” 

Gomez will likely start the second-leg Carabao Cup tie against Fulham this evening.

What a moment it could be if the 26-year-old’s first goal helps take Liverpool to Wembley.

In other news, the Hull City manager has revealed the impact Fabio Carvalho has had on the dressing room.

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