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Joe Gomez, our prodigal teenage defender, should be back for Jurgen Klopp’s first pre-season in charge of Liverpool, according to the Echo.

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The youngster has been out since the first week of Klopp’s reign, after he ruptured ligaments on international duty with England Under-21s back in October, but is progressing well and is ready to start full training.

Gomez hasn’t played since his injury, which is a crying shame considering the way he started his Liverpool career. Signed from Charlton to limited fanfare, Gomez took pre-season by storm and earned himself a spot in Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI at the beginning of last campaign.

Despite being used at left-back under the former boss, Gomez’s future lies in central defence – and it’ll be in this position we can expect to see him over the summer.

Stylistically, Gomez has all the traits a centre-back needs under Klopp. He can step out of defence and start attacks from deep because of his excellent technical ability and passing; he’s tall – so can deal with aerial threats; and possesses a composure at the back – which his team-mates in the same position perhaps do not.