Report: Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez set for pre-season return

Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action with Bournemouth's Joshua King

The Liverpool defender has been out injured for the last eight months.

Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action with West Ham's Manuel LanziniLiverpool's Joe Gomez in action with West Ham's Manuel Lanzini

Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez is set to return from his long-term injury and will be available for pre-season, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The defender ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while on international duty with the England Under-21's eight months ago.

It was a cruel blow for the 19-year-old, who had made a fine start to his Reds career after joining from Charlton Athletic last summer.

Liverpool's Joe Gomez during the press conferenceLiverpool's Joe Gomez during the press conference

Since then he has been working hard in training to get back to full fitness, with the club’s staff offering glowing reviews about his professionalism.

As a result, he is now set to be ready for pre-season training according to the Liverpool Echo, although it is unknown how big a role he will play.

Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action with Bournemouth's Joshua KingLiverpool's Joe Gomez in action with Bournemouth's Joshua King

His return will be carefully managed to ensure no recurrence of his injury, but he will certainly be a part of their tour of the USA.

Once his fitness has been brought back up to standard, it will be interesting to see what role he has to play in Jurgen Klopp’s side next season.

They are short on defensive options with Kolo Toure leaving the club and Martin Skrtel's future up in the air, and Gomez may fancy his chances of featuring under the German.

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

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