Liverpool’s Joe Gomez has now returned to full training having missed Friday’s friendly with Crystal Palace.
That’s according to the Liverpool Echo, who state that the Liverpool player was back in training with the team yesterday.
Gomez reportedly took part in the the full session at the AXA Training Centre, completing it without any issues.
The 25-year-old had picked up a problem prior to the game against Palace, but it wasn’t said to be serious. It looks like that assessment was absolutely bang on. Good news.
Crucial weeks ahead for Gomez
It’s imperative that Gomez doesn’t get himself injured before the start of the season. Any knock picked up now could mean he’s playing catch-up when the proper action gets underway.
For a player in Gomez’s position, that simply isn’t an option. He’s aiming to get himself back in Jurgen Klopp’s strongest eleven. To do that, he has to prove he’s a reliable option fitness-wise.
For any player trying to regain their place, that’s crucial. Given Gomez’s injury history, it’s even more-so for him.
Thankfully, this wobble doesn’t look like setting in. However, he still missed out on minutes in the game against Palace. With all of Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate playing, he’s maybe already at a disadvantage.
Klopp has a decision to make over who is his regular partner for Van Dijk next season. By the end of last campaign, it looked as though Konate had edged out Matip. The Cameroonian was still regularly preferred in the Premier League, though.
If Gomez can stay fit and have a good pre-season, he can certainly force his way back into the conversation, too. He has a strong friendship with Van Dijk off the pitch, which has often translated into an excellent partnership on it.
That will stand him in good stead. But first and foremost, he needs to be able to get on the field of play to prove it.