Forgotten Liverpool man Joe Gomez looks set to get his first start in 18-months against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup on Sunday.
The 19-year-old hasn’t featured for the Reds since suffering knee ligament damage in October 2015.
The young Englishman, who Brendan Rodgers signed for £3.5million from Charlton Athletic, made a hugely promising start to his career at Anfield.
So much so that he forced himself into the team over £12million Spanish full-back Alberto Moreno.
Speaking ahead of the cup encounter, Jurgen Klopp said: “Joe is in a good way. Really good in training. Playing for us is logical next step.”
Gomez is yet to play under Klopp’s regime but the eccentric manager seems to hold the youngster in high regard:
“It is the next step and he has a long way to go but everything is good,” the German added.
“We don’t really have the idea to give him on loan to another club.”
The FA cup encounter is a perfect opportunity to rotate the squad after a gruelling festive period which meant they played two games within 48 hours.
Klopp said: “I’m pretty sure we will see a few fresh legs on the pitch.
“Pretty much all of them who are not involved are pretty young, so when we want to rotate we have to use them.”
The German also said that there is a “big chance” we could see Loris Karius return.
The goalkeeper has endured a torrid time of late and this may be a good opportunity to stake a revival.
The rotation of players may also be a chance for the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn to lay down a marker for the rest of the season.
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