Liverpool's Joe Gomez sets aim for return from injury; explains position he would like to play

Gomez made seven appearances before an ACL injury on international duty sidelined him for the rest of the campaign.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is aiming to return to training in pre-season after suffering an ACL injury in October while on international duty for the England under-21s.

Gomez has yet to play under manager Jurgen Klopp, but prior to the German's arrival in October Gomez was impressive following a £3.5 million move from Charlton Athletic in the summer.

Under Brendan Rodgers he started the season at left-back and played his part in a back-three.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Gomez said he would like to be a centre-back going forward, saying: "Ideally, I see myself as a centre back. That is where I want to develop and go on and play in the future. As I get closer (to fitness), that is something that I want to target and see if he (Klopp) sees me there.

"I think the main thing I realised about the Premier League is that if you are out of position, even for a split second, you are going to get punished. There are so many players, creative players and world class talents, people can spot when you are out of position and that is it, they are in.

"Pre-season, that’s the aim. I’m getting to the more enjoyable part now where I can work hard on my fitness and get back outside playing football."

Gomez has perhaps been the forgotten man of the side and there is the possibility that the 18-year-old could be used at the heart of the Reds' defence going forward. 

Kolo Toure is out of contract in the summer and is likely to leave the club, while Martin Skrtel has fallen down the pecking order and may look elsewhere in order to get some regular first-team action.

With the signing of Joel Matip from Schalke, Gomez could join Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho as central defensive options, while Lucas Leiva has also been used in that position on occasions.

If his seven appearances demonstrated anything, it is his versatility. Prior to Gomez's arrival at Liverpool he was not really known as a left-back but acquitted himself pretty well, but out of the two full-back positions he is more at home on the right side.

However, having played across the entire back line, he could end up being a very useful player for Klopp overall going into next season when he gets back to full fitness.

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