By Dominic King for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:34 GMT, 11 November 2020 | Updated: 23:14 GMT, 11 November 2020
Jurgen Klopp had one thing on his mind as he left Liverpool's historic Melwood training base for the final time. No injuries — whatever happens, let them all come back in good health.
Liverpool are moving to a new headquarters in Kirkby and it was Klopp's wish that all those who had international commitments would return in fine spirits ahead of the top-of-the-table showdown with Leicester on Saturday week. Now, miserably, a cloud will hang over the group when they reconvene.
This has been a campaign pockmarked with injuries for the champions, but there was a desperate turn of events on Wednesday at St George's Park when Joe Gomez suffered damage to his knee that means it is unlikely he will kick a ball again this season.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hates international breaks and he will be furious at the latest one
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has suffered a serious injury while in training with England
Nat Phillips (left) and Rhys Williams (right) will be required to step up regularly for Liverpool
England's players knew the severity of the issue as soon as Gomez crumpled and yelped in agony during a training session. Nobody was around him. All he was doing was preparing to make a pass.