Liverpool

By Dominic Toner

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Joe Gomez as an “incredible talent” following Sunday’s draw against Plymouth.

The 19-year-old made his return to the first-team after a 15-month layout due to a serious ACL injury, which was his first appearance under Klopp.

The Merseyside club were held to a 0-0 draw by League Two club Plymouth in the FA Cup third-round and will face a replay later in January.

Gomez was fairly untested by a quiet Plymouth attack and the centre-back will be delighted to return to the action.

Klopp fielded the club’s youngster ever starting XI on Sunday as he made 10 changes to the side and has highlighted the qualities of Gomez.

“I don’t think it was the most difficult game of his (Gomez’s) whole life!” Klopp said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “He did well, he is an outstanding talent, no doubt.

Gomez finally returned to the senior side after edging his way back to full fitness with the club’s Under-23s.

The England youngster can play at either left-back or centre-back, but the latter is his preferred position.

He will hope to force his way into Klopp’s first-team plans in the future and delivered a sound performance on Sunday.

Gomez is likely to get another start in the replay as Liverpool still have six more games to negotiate in January.

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