Liverpool star Gomez out of UCL final and FIFA World Cup

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The Reds have spent the second half of this season juggling both the Premier League and Champions League, but they've received a well earned rest this week.

The Reds are now third in the table, but they have played a game more than Tottenham, who are a point behind in fourth, and Chelsea, who are three behind in fifth.

Serbia's Milorad Mazic will referee the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on May 26 at Kiev's Olympic Stadium, UEFA said on Monday (May 7).

It's the news no Liverpool fan wanted to hear.

The surgery, which has now addressed the issue, means the 20-year-old will play no part in the remaining two fixtures of the 2017-18 campaign, or the World Cup finals with England.

The 20-year-old defender never fully recovered from the problem he sustained while on global duty with England, and the injury was aggravated in recent Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City.

Liverpool's squad has been stretched to the limit recently and now Gomez has paid the price for putting his body on the line when he ought to have been resting.

With a bit of luck his Liverpool teammates will be able to win the Champions League final in his honour.

Everyone gets excited by these kind of games - everyone wants to be there to support the team and cheer them on to win another European Cup - and continue this great run we're in and which we have always enjoyed [in this competition].

A confirmation by Liverpool on its website reads: "Liverpool can confirm Joe Gomez has undergone an operation on an ankle injury".

"Thank you for all your support over the course of the season".