Joe Gomez has accepted he will not be selected by Gareth Southgate for England until he finds his way back into Liverpool starting XI.
The 22-year-old started in the Reds’ Carabao Cup against MK Dons on Wednesday. However, he has witnessed Joel Matip take his place alongside Virgil van Dijk at center-back in the Premier League.
Gomez currently has seven England caps. But he clearly understands he will not play for the national side until he starts playing regularly under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool again.
“I cannot blame Southgate. He speaks to me and is a great manager. But if you meet up with England, you are expected to be playing. So, I have to keep working hard.” Said Gomez.
“I have not been playing and every footballer wants to be playing. At the same time, I understand that we are European champions and the lads are doing very well at the minute. All I can do is keep my head down, keep working hard in training and wait for my chance.”
Liverpool is currently top of the Premier League table with six wins out of six, starting their campaign with a 4-1 win over Norwich.
The match at Anfield was Gomez’s only league start of the season, and the defender understands that he has to remain optimistic.
He said, “You cannot sit there and be down. You have to stay positive and do yourself justice when the time comes.”
“You need to show the good attitude otherwise you will do yourself harm.”