Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez’s dreadful days are over after he made his playing return following a year of rehabilitation.
Gomez was sidelined with an ACL harm in October of a year ago, before suffering a setback in his recovery in the summer which made him an absentee since Jurgen Klopp’s entry.
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez made an essential step in his 13-month recovery as the Reds boss was finally ready to choose his 19-year-old star. Returning from injury he played for 45 minutes in a closed-door friendly match against Accrington Stanley at Melwood which the Reds won 5-0. As per the Liverpool Echo, Klopp took the opportunity to keep his players fresh in the absence of Premier League football. The match was sorted out basically for first team individuals who are not away on international duty and featured some Youth Academy players.
Joel Matip, Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, James Milner, and goalkeeper Loris Karius likewise played in the match. Youngster Rhian Brewster struck a hat-trick, with reserve captain Harry Wilson, and first team player Emre can among the other scorers.
Gomez, who was signed from Charlton in the summer of 2015 for £3.5million by former boss Rodgers, showing great promise and looking forward to developing under manager Jürgen Klopp before suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in October 2015 while on England’s Under 21 international win over Kazakhstan 13 months ago.
Klopp has openly supported Gomez since his horrendous injury and will be hoping to utilise his versatility at some stage this season.
Under Rodgers, Gomez has played mostly at the centre back and left back but the versatile defender can also operate on the right side of the fullback. Return of the Gomez has given Klopp a plenty of choices of defenders to choose from.
Liverpool currently lead the Premier League table and take on Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.