24-year-old Liverpool star left St. Mary’s on crutches with a protective boot – “Doesn’t necessarily signify severity”

Joe Gomez was forced to leave the St. Mary’s pitch due to an injury that subsequently saw James Milner move to right-back which he admitted wasn’t his favourite switch.

Things might have gone disastrously for the Reds had they not had the character and quality to come back from 1-0 down as Nathan Redmond opened the scoring in the 13th minute.

His goal came after Martin Atkinson failed to award a free-kick to the away side for a foul on Diogo Jota but Takumi Minamino was able to score the equaliser with a superb finish in the 27th minute.

Joel Matip was the match-winner as he scored a header in the 67th minute to ensure Liverpool will be able to fight for the Premier League title on the final day of the season.

While Micah Ricards believes the title race could be doomed from a Liverpool perspective due to a £15m Jack Grealish clause, it’s not over yet.

The game did have a shadow cast over it as Joe Gomez suffered what looked like a nasty injury although it had little to do with the Englishman being prone to injury and was a freak accident.

He was challenging for the ball when his left ankle was trapped under a falling Southampton player and he appeared to be in significant pain before being withdrawn.

Gomez has had rotten luck with injuries at Liverpool and he will be desperate to avoid another long run on the sidelines given that it appears as though the club has used him sparingly this season to help him recover from a serious patellar tendon injury he suffered last season which required surgery.

Athletic journalist, James Pearce, reported last night that the 24-year-old left St. Mary’s on crutches and was spotted wearing a protective boot although it may not be all doom and gloom.

Liverpoolfc.com provided an update after the game, with Jurgen Klopp telling his post-match press conference: “I hope we are lucky. Joe himself has pain but not too much.

“He got, one time, a real shock to the system, but he is sitting in the dressing room and when I spoke to him he was in a good mood. I think maybe we were probably lucky but we have to figure that out.”

According to the highly-respected Dr. Rajpal Brar, “the boot doesn’t necessarily signify severity” while Liverpol are “very cautious with their foot & ankle injuries until they have more information.”

Hopefully, Gomez is able to get back on his feet as soon as possible but fortunately, any physio he needs to do can be done during the forthcoming summer break so he shouldn’t miss too much football if he’s sidelined.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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