By Harvey Byrne

Joe Gomez believes it will be a “challenge” to make his way back into the Liverpool team following his return from injury.

The 19-year-old hasn’t played a competitive fixture for the Reds since October 2015 in a Europa League clash with FC Sion.

Gomez originally ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament on England Under-21 duty 13 months a go and then suffered a further setback with an achilles problem in pre-season.

However, he played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Accrington Stanley during the last international break as he seeks a return to the senior team.

The Reds are currently battling at the top of the Premier League table in second place and Gomez has identified it will be hard to get back into the team following his long lay-off.

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“The way the team is playing, it is the sort of team you want to play for,” told Gomez to the official Liverpool website. “It’s going to make it a challenge to get back in and around it. It’s a great team to play for and that’s what you aspire to do.”

Gomez made the move to Anfield in the summer of 2015 from Charlton.

He instantly impressed with his versatility across the back four and featured in seven fixtures during his first few months at the club.

His return will come as a huge boost to Liverpool as a large squad is needed to maintain their current form.

In other Liverpool news, there has been a shattering midfielder blow ahead of the Reds clash with Sunderland.