Liverpool ace explains why Reds’ ‘historic’ season has hurt him

first_img Loris Karius’ horror show cost Liverpool any chance of Champions League success last season Joe Gomez says he has been hurting having been forced to watch Liverpool’s ‘historic’ season from the sidelines.Gomez, the defender, began the season as Jurgen Klopp’s first choice to partner Virgil Van Dijk at centre-back, while also providing cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right.However, a lower-leg fracture sustained in a challenge with Burnley’s Ben Mee on December 5 – where he was expected to be sidelined for six weeks but a setback meant he required a second operation – delayed his comeback until mid-April. LATEST The second half of Gomez’s season has been curtailed by injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS no dice tense As a result the England international featured just six times – with his only start coming in the 3-0 Champions League semi-final defeat in Barcelona – during the thrilling title run-in and progress to a second successive European Cup final.The 21-year-old has admitted that was difficult to take.“It’s probably underestimated a bit how much it can affect us as footballers,” he told huge blow Portsmouth vs Sunderland (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Charlton vs Doncaster (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Watford (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool lost that game because of two goalkeeping errors and a brilliant Gareth Bale overhead kick, but Gomez believes that experience and their close-run league title challenge means they go to Madrid to face Tottenham in a better position than they were last year.“I definitely think we go into this final in a different place,” he added.“It’s still a Champions League final and they’re always separate occasions and you have to approach it with the same mentality. “Like it might just seem that you’re injured and now you just watch the boys, but it hurts – especially a year like this that was pretty historic.“To watch a large majority of those games, having had a taste of it at the beginning, was difficult to take.“Obviously it was nice to overcome it and get a bit of involvement at the end.“We’ve just got to move on now and we’ve got a big game. There’s a lot of ups and downs, but it’s all a learning curve.”Gomez missed last year’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev after undergoing ankle surgery to correct a problem initially sustained on international duty in March last year.He, along with midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), had to watch from the stands as Real won 3-1 in a game which saw in-form Mohamed Salah forced off in the first half with a shoulder injury after a tangle with Sergio Ramos. REPLY REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT deals Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ getty “But I think this year speaks for itself and the growth in the team has been massive.“(The manager) shows and emphasises the fact that we’re a different team and we can’t go into thinking that we’re the same team.“In that sense, we can take the confidence from that, but still have the desire to win one because we know what it means for this club and we want to get the sixth star.” Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January getty shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LIVE ON talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE 2 gameday cracker last_img

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