Joe Gomez reacts to 90-minute display for Liverpool U23s against Burnley

Liverpool's Joe Gomez during the press conference

Gomez played in Liverpool under-23s' 4-0 win over Burnley in the Lancashire Senior Cup.

Liverpool's Joe Gomez during the press conference

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez made another step in his recovery from a knee injury last night as he played for 90 minutes in the under-23s' 4-0 win over Burnley in the second round of the Lancashire Senior Cup.

As well as getting through the whole contest and keeping a clean sheet, Gomez managed to provide an assist for Matty Virtue for the second of his three goals, with Madger Gomes the other youngster to get on the scoresheet.

It is a big positive for 19-year-old Gomez who has been sidelined since October last season, when he was injured on international duty with England's under-21s, and has not played a competitive first team game since because of an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Gomez made a promising start to life at Anfield following his switch in the summer of 2015, where he featured a total of seven occasions at left-back in a back four or on the left side of a back three prior to Jurgen Klopp's arrival under Brendan Rodgers.

There is probably still a lot of work for Gomez to do on the fitness front but it is a major hurdle cleared on his road to first-team action. It is hard to predict Klopp's thinking as to when he feels the defender will be fit enough for a return to action.

Liverpool are arguably heading for the most hectic part of their season when the Christmas fixtures comes around, and if they progress against Leeds United in the EFL Cup they will have a two-legged semi-final to contend with in that competition, while the FA Cup will also get underway.

It could be around that time of year when Klopp will need as many resources at his disposal as possible, and it could see Gomez being eased back into first-team action. 

Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action with Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie

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