Liverpool have title advantage with cup exits - Man City's Gundogan

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Gomez had made 18 appearances this season before suffering the injury in a challenge with Burnley defender Ben Mee on December 5.

The injury was supposed to rule Gomez out for up to six weeks , yet almost two months later the 21-year-old has still not returned to action. "We cannot say more".

This meant that Joe Gomez would not be able to face West Ham United and also miss out Liverpool's Champions League clash vs Bayern Munich at Anfield.

However, the 51-year-old manager has since given a more worrying update since. But I try to see it that we need to put pressure on ourselves because the way we played at Newcastle was not the way we want to play - it was not our type of football. Having failed to make much of an impact against Leicester City last time out, Salah will be gunning to fire his team to a win on Monday night.

If surgery is required then Joe Gomez might not return back to full fitness before the month of March.

Liverpool have kept six clean sheets away from home in the Premier League this season, one more than they did in the whole of 2017-18.

Yet, in recent weeks the league leaders have not looked quite so resolute in defence.

With Gomez and Dejan Lovren (hamstring) still out, Liverpool only have Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip as fit centre-backs.

And the Reds legend said Klopp's decision to send Nathaniel Clyne out on loan was coming back to bite him, with James Milner struggling to perform at right back.

"Hendo did well there", the former Dortmund coach told reporters amid criticism of the Reds captain.

Liverpool are two points clear at the top of the table and play West Ham at London Stadium on Monday (20:00 GMT kick-off). The central defensive partnership of Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna will once again take the field.

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