Liverpool set for £2MILLION from FIFA as compensation to cover Joe Gomez’s £80,000 a week wages after defender sustained serious knee injury while on England duty
- The Football Association have confirmed that FIFA will pay Liverpool £2m
- Joe Gomez sustained a serious knee injury in a training session with England
- It is feared the 23-year-old could miss the rest of the season after having surgery
- The compensation payment will cover the defender’s £80,000 a week wages
The defender suffered a serious knee injury in England’s final training session ahead of Thursday night’s 3-0 friendly win against the Republic of Ireland.
It is feared he will miss the rest of the season in news that came as a hammer blow to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Joe Gomez underwent knee surgery after suffering a serious injury in training with England
It has left Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with a defensive headache going forward
Liverpool will receive compensation to pay the defender’s wages around £80,000 a week
The Football Association have confirmed to Sportsmail that FIFA will pay the money to cover Gomez’s wages, understood to be in the region of £80,000 a week.
England players are covered by the FIFA club protection programme, an insurance package that allows clubs to claim directly via the scheme.
The protection covers injuries to players in all A matches, friendlies and training sessions.
FIFA will calculate the compensation on a pro rata basis until Gomez is able to restart first-team training.
Klopp is without two key defenders from his title-winning team for the majority of the season
The maximum cover under the scheme is £6.75m covering 365 days, calculated at a maximum pro rata daily rate of £18,430.
Liverpool have not ruled Gomez out for the season, but Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster was out for 10 months with the same kind of injury in 2015 while at Southampton.
A similar spell on the sidelines would mean seven months before Gomez would be close to a return to training. The protection does not cover the first 28 days, but would still see the Anfield club lodging a £2m claim.
The substantial pay out will be no consolation to Klopp, who needs to navigate 11 games with only one recognised centre back until the January transfer window opens.