The Football Association has confirmed FIFA will pay Liverpool £2m as a compensation payment to cover Joe Gomez’s £80,000 a week wage amid speculations he might miss the remainder of the season.
Joe Gomez suffered a serious knee injury in England’s final training session. It is, therefore, feared he might miss the rest of the 2020/21 season in the news that heavily came as a blow to Jurgen Klopp.
Consequently, the Football Association has confirmed FIFA will pay £2 million to cover Joe Gomez’s wages understood to be in the region of £80,000 a week. This is in line with the FIFA club protection program that covers England players. And an insurance package that allows clubs to directly claim through the scheme. Therefore, the protection program covers injuries to players in all matches, friendlies, and training sessions.
FIFA will calculate the compensation on a pro-rata basis until Gomez is able to restart first-team training whereby the maximum cover under the scheme is £6.75m covering 365 days, calculated at a maximum pro rata daily rate of £18,430.
On to Liverpool, the Premier League champions have not ruled Gomez out for the season the same way Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster was out for 10 months with a similar 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, however, does not cover the first 28 days but would still see the Anfield club lodging a £2m claim.
Despite FIFA’s compensation, the substantial pay-out will be no consolation to Klopp who needs to make it to 11 games with only one center-back until the January transfer window re-opens.