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Klopp reveals plan to help long-term Liverpool absentee return to fitness

By Will Butcher

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that long-term Liverpool absentee Joe Gomez will be given game time during the international break.

The 19-year-old has been out injured for more than a year after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in October 2015, but will be given minutes in order to fully recover.

Asked about the potential return of versatile defender Gomez, Klopp was quoted on the personal Twitter account of Liverpool Echo correspondent James Pearce as saying that Gomez, “looks really good but he was a long time injured.”

“There is no rushing it. We don’t need to put pressure on him. During the international break we will have a game and he will play some minutes.”

Gomez returned to first-team training last week for the first time since his injury to a heartfelt round of applause at Melwood, following his nightmare battle.

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The former Charlton star was set to return in pre-season after recovering from the dreaded knee injury, but picked up an achilles problem during his rehabilitation which has kept him sidelined until now.

With James Milner playing out of position at left back and Mamadou Sakho continuing to be frozen out by Klopp, versatile defender Gomez could find some joy as he targets a first-team return.

Liverpool next face Crystal Palace in Saturday’s tea-time kick off, with a place at the top of the Premier League up for grabs if Manchester City and Arsenal drop points.

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