By Emma Sanders
Joe Gomez made a huge step towards his Liverpool comeback when he played 45 minutes during a friendly match against Accrington Stanley on Sunday.
The 19 year-old has been out of action for 13 months after he suffered a serious ACL injury at the start of the 2015-16 season before enduring further injury set-backs in the summer.
Liverpool recorded a comfortable 5-0 victory against the local League Two outfit in a friendly organised by Jurgen Klopp during the international break.
Gomez has not yet featured under the German boss but Klopp has expressed his admiration for the talented youngster who joined Liverpool at the start of last season.
The defender joined the Merseysiders for £3.5 million from Charlton Athletic and was thrust into the starting line-up in the left-back role under Brendan Rodgers.
He excelled and made seven appearances for Liverpool in the left-back role despite learning his trade as a centre-back with Charlton.
Fellow first-teamers Loris Karius, Emre Can, Joel Matip, James Milner, Alberto Moreno and Lucas Leiva also starred in the friendly victory.
No timescale has been revealed on Gomez’ return but he is unlikely to feature for some time and isn’t expected to be included in the squad to face Southampton after the international break.
In other Liverpool news, this record-breaker snubbed a move to Tottenham when he joined the Merseysiders.