Joe Gomez closes in on Liverpool return

Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action with Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey

The former Charlton Athletic starlet impressed following his 2015 move to Anfield before being struck down with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez has edged closer to a first-team return after completing a full 90 minutes for the Reds' under-23 side during their 0-0 draw with Derby County on Monday night. 

The former Charlton Athletic youngster made an auspicious start to life at Anfield following his £3.5million move (BBC) in the summer of 2015, starting the season as the Reds' first choice left-back and displaying a maturity beyond his tender years with a series of accomplished displays.

Unfortunately for Gomez, after establishing himself as a key squad member under former manager Brendan Rodgers, he suffered a devastating anterior cruciate ligament injury whilst away on international duty with England under-21's in October, 2015; with the severity of the damage ruling him out of action for over a year.

Thankfully the precocious 19-year-old has successfully come through a gruelling 13-months of rehabilitation to regain full fitness and his latest appearance for Liverpool's under-23s pushes him ever closer to the first-team fold following on from his long-awaited return during last week's 4-0 win over Burnley.

Although he is primarily a centre-back by trade, Gomez's versatility means that he is more than adequate at adopting a number of positions across the back-line, with the Englishman occupying the left-back slot during all five of his Premier League appearances for Liverpool thus far.

With unorthodox full-back James Milner continuing to play an influential role for the Reds' from the left-hand side of defence, it is unlikely that Klopp will be looking to hastily introduce Gomez back into the first-team picture following such a lengthy injury lay-off.

However, the youngster will likely be looking to move up the former Borussia Dortmund manager's pecking order over the coming months by usurping out of favour defender's Alberto Moreno and Ragnar Klavan; a target which should not be too difficult to attain providing he can recapture the promising form he displayed prior to his untimely injury blow.

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