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Joe Gomez makes return from injury for Liverpool

Liverpool's Joe Gomez made a long-awaited return from injury Credit: PA

England Under-21 international defender Joe Gomez made a long-awaited return from injury on Sunday, playing 45 minutes for Liverpool in a friendly behind closed doors during the international break.

Having initially played at full-back for the Reds after signing from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2015, Gomez's debut campaign at the club was curtailed by a cruciate knee ligament injury, suffered just as Jurgen Klopp took over as manager from Brendan Rodgers.

Gomez has since missed 13 months of action after suffering a small setback recently.

Liverpool have utilised recent international breaks to play friendlies against lower-league outfits, with the current absence of top-flight club football giving the opportunity to face Accrington Stanley. The Premier League club ran out 5-0 winners, with Emre Can among the goalscorers.

Though Klopp has not yet been able to play Gomez competitively, he has spoken of his admiration for the defender and admitted he will be given plenty of time to return to full fitness.

It is a long way. He was injured for a long time and now it is a long way back, so there is no rush in it.

We can give him time to come back in the right moment.



Liverpool striker starts rehabilitation after surgery

Liverpool striker Danny Ings has returned to the club's Melwood training ground to begin rehabilitation on a season-ending knee injury.

For the second time in just over 12 months the forward has undergone surgery on a knee problem.

Danny Ings will be out for a long time. Credit: PA

The latest issue is not related to the one which kept him out from mid-October until the last game of the season, but is expected to keep him sidelined for seven to nine months.

Liverpool confirmed the 24-year-old was back at their training ground on Wednesday to start the recovery process after undergoing what manager Jurgen Klopp on Friday described as "very positive" surgery on damaged cartilage in London last week.


Klopp brushes aside Liverpool title talk

Klopp saw his side win 6-1 against Watford. Credit: PA

Jurgen Klopp played down the significance of Liverpool being top of the Premier League table following their 6-1 thrashing of Watford.

Sadio Mane scored twice for Klopp's side, with further goals from Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum sealing a commanding victory.

Daryl Janmaat pulled one back with his first goal for the Hornets but the visitors were well beaten at Anfield.

Speaking about his side's league position, Klopp told Sky Sports: "It's better than being 10th, or whatever. It's very important to collect the points for the finish and for the final third of the season.

"We've started already collecting points but we need to go on with this and then we will see where we can end.

"I'm really not interested (in talking about the title). For me it's more important that we look like a team who is able to win football games.

"On a good day, we are really difficult to play and that's the most important thing we can say.

"It's not important in this moment where we can end. I know in the past a lot of things happened here and the story two, three years ago when it was really close and everybody compares but this is not the team two, three years ago, this is not the team 25 years ago, we're completely new."

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