By Will Butcher

Joe Gomez could be back in the Liverpool first-team in the near future after returning to training, according to a report.

The former Charlton defender has been sidelined for just over a year now, after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament while on international duty with England Under-21s back in October 2015.

Gomez was hit by a major setback in July after picking up an achilles problem during the rehabilitation from his previous knee injury.

However, the Liverpool Echo reported that the 19-year-old has now finally recovered to return to first-team training, and earned a round of applause from his Liverpool teammates.

Following a £4million move to Liverpool back in the summer of 2015, Gomez was fast-tracked into the first team last season as ex-manager Brendan Rodgers threw him in at the deep end.

But after impressing in seven league and cup appearances, injury struck.

Now Gomez will be looking towards the Liverpool first team as he eyes a return to Jurgen Klopp’s defensive set up.

With James Milner playing out of position at left back and Mamadou Sakho continuing to be frozen out by Klopp, versatile defender Gomez could find some joy.

Liverpool are preparing to face bitter rivals Manchester United on Monday night, as they look to secure their sixth Premier League win of the season in just eight games.

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