Joe Gomez to return to Liverpool first-team training next month

Teenager should be back in training by late October

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Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is around a month away from putting his injury nightmare behind him.

The 19-year-old has endured a torrid time since he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee playing for England Under-21s last October.

Gomez was close to returning to full training in mid-July when he suffered a major setback after being diagnosed with tendinopathy in his Achilles.

He has been having extensive treatment since with Liverpool reluctant to put a timescale on his comeback as medical staff work to ensure the problem is completely resolved.

However, the hope is that Gomez will be able to finally resume training in mid to late October. By then he will have been sidelined for more than a year so will need a sustained spell working outside at Melwood before he’s considered for selection by Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool boss rates Gomez highly and is looking forward to working with him over the coming months and years. The talented teenager’s return to action over the course of this season was one of the reasons why Klopp was reluctant to sign another defender during the summer transfer window.

Gomez’s right knee is now fine and it’s simply a case of getting his Achilles problem sorted before he can look to get his promising career back on track.

The youngster, who can play centre-back or full-back, joined the Reds from Charlton Athletic for an initial fee of £3.5million in June 2015.

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He quickly endeared himself to Kopites with his composed displays at the back, clocking up seven appearances before the injury suffered on international duty cruelly wrecked his campaign shortly after Klopp’s appointment.

His last outing for Liverpool was in the 1-1 draw at home to FC Sion in the Europa League on October 1 – some 12 days before he was hurt in an innocuous challenge playing for England Under-21s against Kazakhstan at the Ricoh Arena.

Veselin Trajkovic

A sports enthusiast, Liverpool FC fan, writing for several blogs, likes to focus on football for what it is, rather than stats or bias. Writing for FOAR since its inception.

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28 thoughts on “Joe Gomez to return to Liverpool first-team training next month”

  1. First step is always full fitness. Being fit enough to play a game of football without getting injured. Then just ramp up the intensity with time. It would be great to have more options from the bench for sure.

  2. Glad to hear that the kid is on his way to recovering completely, I really like the look of him in preseason last year. But for the love of all things holy, please don’t play him at LB, he looked dreadful there last year when BR was experimenting with square objects and round holes.

    1. True. I cant see him returning to the field before that but having said that, what do you have to say about not signing another defender? I personally feel its too much to ask of midfielders(playing at CB and LB)

      1. I’m personally content with not having signed another defender. We don’t know if Sakho finds his way back into the fold when his “fitness” is up to date so to speak.

        But…

        I’d like to see Gomez have a way in once he’s ready to play which I’m guessing will be around late december, early january as he can play all across the defensive line from right, centre & left back while we have Milner and Clyne performing admirably at their respective sides with Moreno behind Milner, Randall behind Clyne for now and Lovren, Matip, Ragnar and Lucas at centre back.

        And should Sakho prove his fitness and professionalism and not undermine the manager which he was rumoured to have done under BR then we’ll have plenty of options for this season atleast before we strengthen further in the full back positions next summer hopefully for next season.

        We’ll do fine me thinks.

    2. First step is always full fitness. If he can achieve that and maybe play some games in U-23s for the month of October/November then that ought to be considered as progress. The next step after that would obviously to get more match fit and sharper and to impress the manager on the basis of those performances.

          1. yes league cup. it was formerly the Capital One Cup, then rebranded as the English Football League (EFL) Cup after Football League itself was rebranded the EFL.

            the same one we lost to City last season on penalties in the final.

            also used to be known as the Milk Cup for those who’ve been watching it as long as I have. later renamed as the Littlewoods Cup (after the now defunct Littlewoods company founded by Liverpool’;s John Moores, Coca Cola Cup, Worthington’s Cup).

            we are actually the record winners of this cup.

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