Manager Jurgen Klopp has urged for patience with regards to defender Joe Gomez, who made his long awaited return to first team training this week after a knee injury ruled him out for the majority of last season.
The Reds boss took it upon himself in the official Liverpool matchday programme to welcome back Gomez, as his side prepare to host West Brom.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “I would like to make a special mention of Joe Gomez who is back training with the main squad again at Melwood.”
“When he came back, for his first full session, the entire team broke into applause. No one had planned this, it just happened. I think this shows how he is regarded by his fellow professionals.”
“We want him to concentrate on getting fit and getting sharp. We will look after this player because we believe him to be special and someone who has a big future with Liverpool. We believe he has all the attributes to be a top player for Liverpool.”
Following his arrival from Charlton, the 19-year-old looked superb during his first few games for the club last season, only for his promising start to be cut short by injury.
It is clear to see how highly thought of the young man is at the club and how cautious Klopp will be when it comes to easing him back into training.
Most players suffer at least one lengthy injury layoff at some point in their career, so let’s hope Gomez has got his out of the way.
He has a bright future and poses as a player capable of one day becoming a first choice option for Liverpool at either left-back of centre-back.
The pace he has in addition to his strength and aerial ability makes him one of Liverpool’s more unique defenders.
The versatility that these traits give him means he stands a great chance of becoming a regular under a manager who is prepared to put his players in a range of positions.
His return to training comes as another morale boost for the squad and poses as yet another reminder of Liverpool’s strength in depth.
We can’t wait to see you back on the pitch, Joe.