Joe Gomez back in Liverpool training – and gets emotional round of applause from team-mates

Defender returns a year after rupturing ACL in his knee

Joe Gomez of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood .... last October
Joe Gomez of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood …. last October

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was given an emotional round of applause by his team-mates after making a long-awaited return to full training yesterday.

The hugely popular Gomez was greeted with the impromptu welcome when rejoining the senior squad for the first time since the knee ligament injury that brought a promising start to his Anfield career to a shuddering halt exactly 12 months earlier.

Gomez ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament while on international duty with England under-21s last October.

The 19-year-old was close to a return to full training in mid-July but suffered a setback when diagnosed with tendinopathy in his Achilles.

Liverpool have been understandably keen to tread carefully with Gomez’s recovery, but now the player has taken a significant step towards a return to first-team consideration.

Joe Gomez taking a throw in during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool on August 24, 2015 in London (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Joe Gomez taking a throw in during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool on August 24, 2015 in London (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Having been sidelined for such a lengthy period, Gomez remains some time away from adding to the seven appearances he made for the Reds before injury struck.

Gomez, who can play centre-back and left-back, was bought by Brendan Rodgers for an initial £3.5million from Charlton Athletic in June 2015.

And while he has been unable to feature under current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, the German rates Gomez highly and sees him as a potential key squad member in the coming seasons.

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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15 thoughts on “Joe Gomez back in Liverpool training – and gets emotional round of applause from team-mates”

  1. I think the lads could see how hard Joe was working behind the scenes and this is just reward for his tireless work…

    Good to have him back and hope to see him in action soon. He’s a specimen.

    1. Studying football knowledge i.e. positioning, visualisation and striker habits for a year will also put him way ahead too. Could be a great gift if the injury never recurs

  2. this is great news but it will take time to get him back to the first team. surely his long term position is CB but will most probably be Milly understudy/student surely opening the exit door for Moreno

  3. The squad and quality of depth is looking better with every passing week.

    We will go far in all 3 competitions because of this.

    This is pretty much everybody back from long term injury if i’m not mistaken.

    Migs
    Arnold – Gomez – Klavan – Moreno
    Grujic – Lucas – Ejaria
    Ojo Origi Ings

  4. Welcome back, Joe! Do us proud.

    Meanwhile, United fans are claiming our squad is bang average but at the same time they suggest hitting long balls to Ibra is the way to destroy our gegenpress and win the game.

    Alrighty then!

    1. they can call us average all day long the victory will be only sweeter, long ball game with a parked bus it sounds like some club has sold there soul to the devil

    2. I think what they mean with their blinkered view is because our players weren’t as expensive they can’t be as good ~ Matip free Bailly £30m plus etc ~ what is it they say about fools and their money ………………….

      1. klopp did great business in the summer for sure, to all those that were crying that we had a positive spend how much would matip cost if he was under contract 30m, Karius release clause 4.7 surely around 15/18 not to mention all the dead wood that was sold. why did he not buy more? simply he did not want to put too many players into the first team at one time 3 is enough matip/mane/gini. he asked for trust and there was a reason but he knows what he is doing …….roll on Monday

        1. another thing, all these mancs weren’t going on about how poor players were if they didn’t cost millions when they were bringing through the class of 92 for nothing were they ~ they’re just a bunch of gobby hypocrites.

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