By Emma Sanders

Joe Gomez has spoken out about the year of struggle after suffering an injury that put his career under threat.

The Liverpool defender returned to first team training this week for the first time in 12 months.

Gomez signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2015 and made seven appearances for the club before he suffered anterior cruciate ligament and achilles injuries.

“It has been a long year. It has been tough. But it is all behind me – I’ve grown from it and learned a lot physically and mentally. Only good can come from it,” Gomez told the club’s official website.

“Playing for Liverpool is such an honour. It was a great feeling and I just want to get back to doing that now.

“The whole team plays together and it has shown on the pitch recently with the results. The team is flying,” he added.

His return to action was delayed even further when Gomez had further set-backs at the end of last season and missed the pre-season campaign while undergoing recovery.

Gomez’ return to the training field prompted applause from teammates who have witnessed his tough struggle over the last 12 months.

Although he has made just a handful of appearances, Gomez was brought into the club with much hope on his promising future.

He warmed the Anfield faithful after producing a number of assured displays in the left-back position and has always conducted himself in a mature manner despite him being just 19 years old.

A timescale for Gomez’ return has not yet been revealed but the club will be sure to take care with the youngster and ensure he is eased back into action after such a lengthy lay-off.

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