FIFA are set to pay Liverpool £2million in compensation to cover the wages of Joe Gomez who suffered a serious knee injury in England’s final training session ahead of Thursday night’s 3-0 friendly win against the Republic of Ireland.
It is feared the defender will miss the rest of the season in news that came as a hammer blow to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
According to Sportsmail, the Football Association have confirmed that FIFA will pay the money to cover Gomez’s wages, understood to be in the region of £80,000 a week.
England players are covered by the FIFA club protection programme, an insurance package that allows clubs to claim directly via the scheme.
The protection covers injuries to players in all A matches, friendlies and training sessions.
FIFA will calculate the compensation on a pro rata basis until Gomez is able to restart first-team training.
The maximum cover under the scheme is £6.75m covering 365 days, calculated at a maximum pro rata daily rate of £18,430.
A similar spell on the sidelines would mean seven months before Gomez would be close to a return to training.
The protection does not cover the first 28 days, but would still see the Anfield club lodging a £2m claim.