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Jurgen Klopp planning November friendly to aid Joe Gomez’s recovery

Jurgen Klopp has discussed Joe Gomez‘s recovery from injury, saying he plans to organise a friendly in November to aid his transition.

Gomez returned to first-team training on October 13, just over 12 months on from suffering a nightmare ACL injury while on duty with the England Under-21s.

This has kept him out of Klopp’s thinking so far, but having already made his mark on Merseyside since his £3.5 million move from Charlton Athletic in 2015, he remains in his long-term plans.

It will take time, but speaking to reporters at Melwood on Friday afternoon, Klopp provided a positive update on Gomez’s condition.

“He’s good. We always talk about all the players with the medical department,” he explained.

“Joe looks really good in the moment, but it’s a long way. There’s no rush in it.

“Thank god we don’t have to put pressure on him [to come back and play].

“He’s still a young boy and we can give him the time to come back in the right moment.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, August 17, 2015: Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action against AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp was asked about a likely timeframe for Gomez’s return to the first team, with the possibility of turning out for the Liverpool Under-23s in the meantime.

The German remained upbeat, suggesting he would be looking to organise a behind-closed-doors friendly in the upcoming international break to give the 19-year-old some much-needed game time.

“I think obviously in the next few weeks [he can start to play],” he continued.

“Maybe in the international break we can get a game for him to play a few minutes then see what makes sense for the U23s.

“He looks good, he feels good. He’s tired a lot, especially after sessions but that’s normal. He’s in a good way.”

On his return to first-team availability, Gomez will boost Klopp’s defensive options considerably, able to operate in all roles across the back line.

Gomez has previously stated he sees his future at centre-back, and he certainly looked primed to excel there under Klopp in the long term.

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