LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, August 14, 2023: (L-R): Liverpool's Luke Hewitson, Billy Koumetio, Tyler Morton, Harvey Elliott, Ben Doak and Conor Bradley watch on during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC Under-21's and Everton FC Under-21's, the Mini-Merseyside Derby, at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by Jessica Hornby/Propaganda)

Tyler Morton returns from 4-month injury – journalists explain next move

Tuesday saw Tyler Morton make his return to Liverpool training after four months out through injury, with his next step now being considered.

Morton made progress during a loan spell with Blackburn last time out, featuring 46 times for the Championship club, before a broken foot ended his campaign early.

The midfielder returned to the AXA Training Centre for treatment before embarking on his post-season holiday, later reporting back to Merseyside for training.

However, while Morton was present at the start of pre-season, the 20-year-old was not involved in first-team trips to Germany and Singapore.

But this week saw him make his long-awaited return to training, taking part in a session on Tuesday as Liverpool begin preparations for the clash at Newcastle.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 15, 2022: Liverpool's Harvey Elliott (L) and Tyler Morton during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg game between FC Internazionale Milano and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Morton was part of a 31-man squad working in the sunshine on Merseyside, with the majority of those who started the 3-1 win over Bournemouth taking in a lighter workload.

He warmed up with his team-mates as Jurgen Klopp and his staff watched on, and was among those pictured involved in small-sided drills with the ball.

It is likely that Liverpool’s medical team are still overseeing a buildup of intensity for the youngster, whose time out requires a cautious approach to recovery.

Upon his return, though, it appears there are plans in place to send Morton out for another loan spell this season.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, July 31, 2022: RC Strasbourg's Jean-Ricner Bellegarde (L) and Liverpool's Tyler Morton during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and RC Strasbourg Alsace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Earlier this month, journalist Darren Witcoop reported that the midfielder is attracting interest from the Championship, while Neil Jones has added that clubs abroad are also monitoring.

It had been expected at one stage that Morton would join Klopp’s senior ranks at Liverpool this season, but that seems to have shifted.

With Liverpool still hoping to bring in another midfielder before the end of the transfer window, competition for places would not allow the academy graduate enough minutes to develop.

As it stands, Morton is behind Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Thiago, Wataru Endo, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Stefan Bajcetic in the pecking order.