By Emma Sanders
Joe Gomez made his return to competitive action when he appeared for Liverpool’s Under-23s during their 4-0 victory against Burnley on Wednesday evening – and fans reacted with excitement on Twitter.
The 19-year-old completed the full 90 minutes as he and his side made it through unscathed to help the team reach the the quarter-finals of the Lancashire Senior Cup.
— Joe Gomez (@J_Gomez97) November 23, 2016
Gomez has not featured for Liverpool since their 1-1 draw against FC Sion on 1st October 2015 and is yet to play a single first team game under Jurgen Klopp after he picked up a serious ACL injury just six games into the 2015-16 Premier League season.
He returned to full training last month and played his first football game in over a year last weekend during a friendly 5-0 victory against Accrington Stanley but his competitive comeback for the under-23s signalled huge progress from the youngster.
Prior to picking up the injury, Gomez had impressed hugely in the left-back role for the Reds, despite signing from Charlton Athletic as a relatively unknown academy star.
His return is a timely one, given Liverpool’s current lack of options at left-back this season and he will no doubt be pushing for a position in the squad as James Milner’s understudy before the end of the campaign.
Fans are eager to see him return to the first team and his performance against Burnley was hugely encouraging.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
@J_Gomez97 So very nice to have you back! Can't wait to see you in the first team later this season!
— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) November 23, 2016
@J_Gomez97 welcome back Joe, looking forward to seeing you back in the main squad <3
— Ian (@ReelChevy) November 23, 2016
@J_Gomez97 good to see you back Joe x
— Eshaa (@AyeshaBlackwood) November 23, 2016
— Ben (@CaIvinCIyne) November 23, 2016
@J_Gomez97 All the best in your rehabilitation!! Back in the first team soon hopefully
— Stuart Hunt (@Stu_H) November 24, 2016
@J_Gomez97 well done pal, superb ?? YNWA
— Tatty Lad (@Tatty_Lad) November 23, 2016
@J_Gomez97 Well done Joe! Top performance today. ?
— Mik (@MikLFC) November 23, 2016
— mitch (@mitchywalker) November 24, 2016
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