By Emma Sanders
Liverpool fans reacted with excitement on Twitter after Joe Gomez returned to action in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Melwood on Sunday afternoon.
Gomez made a huge step towards his Liverpool comeback, playing 45 minutes in the second-half during a 5-0 friendly victory against Accrington Stanley.
The 19 year-old has not featured for the club for over 13 months after he suffered a serious ACL injury at the start of the 2015-16 season before enduring further set-backs to his recovery in the summer.
Joe Gomez played 2nd half of friendly against Accrington Stanley. LFC won 5-0. His first game in 13 months.
— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) November 13, 2016
Jurgen Klopp organised the behind-closed-doors friendly to allow several first team players an opportunity to play an intense game while the squad are without a number of international stars.
Loris Karius, Emre Can, Joel Matip, James Milner, Alberto Moreno and Lucas Leiva also starred in the 5-0 win but it was Gomez’ inclusion which attracted attention on Twitter.
The youngster joined Liverpool from Charlton Athletic last summer for £3.5 million and made seven appearances under Brendan Rodgers, with the majority of those in the left-back position.
He was impressive despite learning his trade as a centre-back and Klopp has already expressed his desire to see Gomez return to regular first team action.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
Awesome to have Joe back! @J_Gomez97
— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) November 13, 2016
@_pauljoyce Good to hear… was he playing at Centre Back or Fullback, Paul?
— Jon Couch (@Jateca_JC) November 13, 2016
— Joe Makepeace (@Joe_Makepeace) November 13, 2016
— King Bobby 👑 (@KingBobbyLFC) November 13, 2016
— Reign of Klopp (@Vintage_Klopp) November 13, 2016
— !!! (@loonyroon) November 13, 2016
— I just imagine it ♥ (@YNWA_Nole) November 13, 2016
— Crispin Dior (@Crispin_Dior) November 13, 2016
— Mukhtar Jibril (@MukhtarJibril10) November 13, 2016
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