Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp received a boost over the weekend with Joe Gomez ending a 13-month spell on the sidelines by making his comeback.
The 19-year-old played in a 5-0 win over Accrington Stanley in a friendly, as noted by The Telegraph, marking his first appearance since damaging cruciate knee ligaments in October last year.
Given that the former Charlton Athletic star had been tipped to make an immediate impact at Anfield, news that he is firmly on the comeback trail will be welcomed by Klopp.
The German tactician has seen James Milner do a commendable job filling in at left-back after doubts continued to be raised over Alberto Moreno’s reliability.
While the 30-year-old may keep his place for the foreseeable future given his form and Gomez’s lack of match fitness, it will be a welcome headache for Klopp moving forward that he can call upon the youngster to come in.
Liverpool’s stars will return from the international break knowing that the Reds sit top of the Premier League table after 11 games ahead of their clash with Southampton on Saturday.
Klopp will be desperate to avoid any complacency and/or any disruption to their momentum, but being able to bolster his defensive options will be a significant boost with that area still his side’s only major vulnerability.
Gomez will hope to have a positive impact in the weeks and months ahead, but ultimately his first priority will be to continue training and playing regularly in order to build his fitness and avoid suffering any setbacks along the way.
Liverpool have conceded 14 goals in 11 games, the most of any side in the top seven in the Premier League, and although Gomez isn’t going to fix it alone, his versatility and talent will certainly help.