It would be devastating for Liverpool if they lost “another James Milner” to an injury says Joe Gomez is underappreciated this season. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool fans have lauded the defender, but he has not been recognised beyond Merseyside. His performances in numerous areas this season suggest he should be back in the England Euro 2024 debate.

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For now, he’s focused on Liverpool. He has played center-back, left-back, and right-back this season. He has played just four of his 32 appearances as a centre-half, his natural position and where he helped Liverpool win the Premier League in 2019-20.

He recently filled in for Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas at left-back when both were out. He has also started many Europa League and Carabao Cup games at right-back to relieve Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Klopp’s new James Milner, nicknamed as Mr. Versatile, will play on the right again in the coming weeks. Knee ligament issue will keep Alexander-Arnold out for at least three games. His rehabilitation time is unknown, so he might miss more.

After mourning his father, Conor Bradley returned to training this week and should be the first-choice right-back while Alexander-Arnold is absent. Liverpool’s calendar between now and the March international break is busy.\

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Alexander-Arnold hopes to return for England’s March 23 and 26 friendly against Brazil and Belgium. The Reds play Brentford and Luton in the Premier League before next Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea.

Southampton plays the midweek FA Cup fifth round at Anfield three days later. Liverpool go to Nottingham Forest on Saturday 2nd and begin their Europa League knockout round campaign on Thursday. Liverpool faces championship rivals Manchester City at Anfield on 10th.

Next comes the return European match at Anfield on Thursday 14th, followed by the Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park on March 17. If Klopp’s team advances in the FA Cup, the quarterfinals will be played that weekend. Liverpool has nine games in 29 days, a game every 3.2 days.

As the only fit natural right-back following Bradley, Gomez will be crucial. The 26-year-old, capped 11 times by England, has missed over 100 games owing to physical issues in his nine years at Anfield.

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