Jurgen Klopp knows best as far as managing young talent is concerned and we cannot argue with his January plans for Joe Gomez.
The last couple of months have seen the defender back in training after missing most of last season due to a long term knee injury.
With the January transfer window looming Klopp has outlined his plans for the 19-year-old, insisting that he will be going nowhere.
Speaking about the prospect of sending him to another club on a temporary basis, he told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s a long injury and if we send him on loan, with his quality, a team will play him every game. That is not what he needs in the moment.”
“Because he was a long time injured he needs us to judge: ‘now play, now stop, rest, work on this, do this, do a little bit on this’.”
“There’s no rush for him, and no rush for me. At this moment I would say ‘no loan’ but everything else, we will see. He’s our boy for the future 100%.”
“What I think about Joe Gomez is he is an unbelievable talent, which everybody knew before.”
The protection Klopp is showing over the recovery of his player is great to see and a sign of why he is respected so much.
Liverpool is without question the best place for Gomez to be at the moment. Staying here not only allows him to continue mixing with and learning from first team regulars but it also gives him a chance to prove himself in light of the chance that Klopp needs him earlier than he might have anticipated this season.
Time is on his side and it’s very clear that Klopp pictures a future starting eleven that includes Gomez.