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9th Jan, 2017 | 11:27am

Joe Gomez delivers verdict after making Liverpool return v Plymouth

By Will Butcher

Joe Gomez has revealed that making his return to Liverpool’s first team was “something he dreamt of”.

The 19-year-old defender put his injury demons behind him by returning to the side during the 0-0 draw against League Two minnows Plymouth in the third round of the FA Cup.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website after Sunday’s disappointing draw, the versatile defender spoke of his delight after returning to the side following 14 months on the sidelines.

“It meant a lot to me after being out for such a long time, it’s something I dreamt of,” Gomez declared.

“Coming back out to that crowd at Anfield was something in the back of my mind the whole time. For me, it was nice to be back playing at Anfield.”

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Three-time England Under-21 international Gomez had been sidelined after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, which was worsened with a problem to his achilles in the summer.

However, the former Charlton Athletic defender finally made his return to the side after last featuring against Swiss side Sion in the Europa League on October 1 2015.

Now, Gomez could face Southampton in the semi final of the EFL Cup on Wednesday as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds challenge for the first available trophy of the season.

Since his £3.5million move from League One side Charlton, Gomez has made eight appearances in both league and cup and played a pivotal role in keeping clean sheets in half of those games.

However, a loan move away from Liverpool could be the next course of action for Gomez with plenty of competition at the heart of the Reds’ defence likely to halt his comeback progress.

The Daily Mail claim Scottish champions Celtic are eyeing a loan move for Gomez, with Brendan Rodgers looking to secure a reunion with the player he signed while at Liverpool.

In other Liverpool news, this reliable journalist claims Liverpool have finalised a £3.75million move for a defender.