Al Ittihad plot sensational double deal with Liverpool defender now ‘very high’ on their shortlist

Ben Stewart
Liverpool's Mo Salah and Joe Gomez
Liverpool's Mo Salah and Joe Gomez

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is ‘very high’ on the shortlist of Al Ittihad according to Fabrizio Romano as the Saudi club looks at a potential double deal.

Clubs from Saudi Arabia haven’t been messing around this summer as they have already raided the Premier League for several stars.

Liverpool have sold the likes of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to clubs in Saudi this year and more big names could be soon to follow.

It recently came to light that Al Ittihad are plotting a sensational swoop for Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that the 31-year-old is not for sale but the Saudi club could make an offer too good to refuse.

Along with wanting to sign Salah, Al Ittihad are also in the market for a defender or two and they have now set their sights on Gomez.

“Al Ittihad have a shortlist of defenders — Liverpool’s Joe Gomez is very high on that list,” Romano confirmed on Twitter.

“Al Ittihad like Gomez as versatile player who can play anywhere across the back line. Liverpool insist they’ve no intention to sell important players in the final days.”

Gomez has been in and out of the Liverpool starting line up over the last few years, but Klopp will be reluctant to lose the 26-year-old this late in the window.

The versatile defender came off the bench in Liverpool’s dramatic triumph over Newcastle and BBC pundit Garth Crooks was impressed with the defender.

“The tactical changes made by Jurgen Klopp and his backroom staff after Virgil van Dijk’s dismissal were nothing short of genius,” he said.

“Gomez replaced Luis Diaz, who naturally felt aggrieved by the substitution, and was later joined by Harvey Elliott, Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez and Jarell Quansah to take up the fight and try to salvage a point from the game.

“Well, they did more than that – they won it. Gomez, who has blown hot and cold in recent seasons, took Van Dijk’s central defensive position after 33 minutes and never put a foot wrong.”

Gomez is under contract at Anfield until 2027 so the club will be in no rush to sell him. However, we have already seen that money talks and time will tell if Al Ittihad are prepared to offer a substantial fee for the 26-year-old.

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