By Will Butcher
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that versatile defender Joe Gomez is not yet ready for a return to first-team training.
The 19-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament last October in an England under-21 training session, ruling him out for the rest of last season.
Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Melissa Reddy reported on her personal Twitter account that the former Borussia Dortmund boss had saud Gomez has “a little way to go”.
The Liverpool Echo had claimed that the former Charlton defender could be ready to return in four weeks earlier this month, but Klopp has revealed that it is difficult to pinpoint exactly when he will recover.
The return of Gomez will come as a boost to Klopp, who is currently using James Milner at left-back with the poor performances of last season’s first-choice left-back Alberto Moreno somewhat of a concern.
It is said that he was close to returning to full training in mid-July, but he received another major setback after being diagnosed with tendinopathy in his Achilles.
Gomez moved to Anfield in a £3.5million deal from Charlton in the summer of 2015. Since the move, the youngster has featured in seven encounters for the Reds, while also representing England at Under-21 level three times.
It is unlikely that Gomez will be given a chance in his preferred centre-back role, with the likes of new signings Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan as well as Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho ahead of him.
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