Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes defender Joe Gomez was unlucky to suffer a broken leg against Burnley on Wednesday but stressed that Premier League teams could be aggressive without injuring opponents.
England international Gomez was substituted after 23 minutes of the 3-1 victory at Turf Moor following a robust tackle from Burnley’s Ben Mee and will miss up to six weeks of action with a fracture to the lower left leg.
“I really appreciate teams around and tactical things but being aggressive in football means being ready to hurt yourself and not the opponent,” Klopp told reporters on Friday, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth.
“Nobody wants to deny sliding tackles, that’s absolutely part of the game but in the right moment. It (Gomez’s injury) was unlucky. The challenge against Joe a moment before that, in a fast situation, in our own half, there was no reason for that.”