By Emma Sanders

Joe Gomez posted an encouraging message on Instagram after he made an appearance in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Melwood on Sunday afternoon.

The 19 year-old played 45 minutes as a half-time substitute during the 5-0 victory against League Two side, Accrington Stanley.

Gomez has been out of action for over 13 months after picking up a serious ACL injury at the start of the 2015-16 season and admitted it felt great to put the Liverpool shirt on yet again.

Nice to get some minutes today… felt great to put the shirt back on 🙏🏽🔴#lfc

A photo posted by Joe Gomez (@joegomez5) on

The youngster joined Liverpool in 2015 from Charlton Athletic and is yet to make an appearance under Jurgen Klopp despite the manager praising Gomez on a number of occasions since his arrival.

Under Brendan Rodgers, Gomez was thrust into the Liverpool team as a left-back, despite learning his trade as a central defender but was impressive during a handful of appearances.

He played eight games for the Reds, including five Premier League starts before picking up the knee injury and has suffered set-backs during his recovery this summer.

In other Liverpool news, fans reacted to his return on Twitter with delight.