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Joe Gomez hands Liverpool a boost as defender steps up recovery

Joe Gomez has taken big strides towards overcoming a troublesome knee injury as he was put through a rigorous workout at Liverpool‘s AXA training facility.

Gomez has not featured for the Reds since November 8 after sustaining a serious knee injury while on international duty with England. 

He required surgery to fix the issue with his knee tendon and was expected to miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season. But photos have emerged of Gomez moving well in the AXA training ground gym as he builds strength back up in his knee.  

Joe Gomez has stepped up his recovery by being put through his paces in Liverpool's gym

Joe Gomez has stepped up his recovery by being put through his paces in Liverpool's gym

Joe Gomez has stepped up his recovery by being put through his paces in Liverpool’s gym

Gomez has not played since the start of November and is now building strength up in his knee

Gomez has not played since the start of November and is now building strength up in his knee

Gomez has not played since the start of November and is now building strength up in his knee

Pictures of him at Liverpool's AXA Training Centre represent a boost for boss Jurgen Klopp

Pictures of him at Liverpool's AXA Training Centre represent a boost for boss Jurgen Klopp

Pictures of him at Liverpool’s AXA Training Centre represent a boost for boss Jurgen Klopp

Gomez was pictured doing some light weight training as well as spells on an exercise bike to test the strength in the knee. 

A workout in the swimming pool also became part of the workout session with a member of Liverpool’s strength and conditioning team. 

It represents a major boost to the Reds, coupled with Virgil van Dijk’s improvement as he recovers from an injury sustained in the Merseyside derby earlier this season.  

There is no timescale on Gomez's return but his latest gym session is a boost for Liverpool

There is no timescale on Gomez's return but his latest gym session is a boost for Liverpool

There is no timescale on Gomez’s return but his latest gym session is a boost for Liverpool

Gomez worked out with a member of Liverpool's strength and conditioning team on Thursday

Gomez worked out with a member of Liverpool's strength and conditioning team on Thursday

Gomez worked out with a member of Liverpool’s strength and conditioning team on Thursday

Van Dijk is slightly ahead of Gomez having been able to begin some work with the ball and Klopp admitted recently that the Dutchman’s recovery is ‘really promising’.  

Klopp refused to categorically say Van Dijk wouldn’t play again this season but admitted he didn’t know when he would actually return. 

‘I don’t know what is possible and I don’t think I am the right person to judge it,’ said Klopp. 

‘He looks really good and I’ve spoken to him. He is in a good mood but I don’t know when he’ll be back. I had this injury myself but for the time we are in and how long he is out, he looks really promising.’   

The defender had a session in the swimming pool to ease pressure on his injured knee joint

The defender had a session in the swimming pool to ease pressure on his injured knee joint

The defender had a session in the swimming pool to ease pressure on his injured knee joint

Gomez has been out since sustaining the knee injury while on international duty in November

Gomez has been out since sustaining the knee injury while on international duty in November

Gomez has been out since sustaining the knee injury while on international duty in November

Gomez and Van Dijk established themselves as Liverpool’s first choice centre back pairing and their injuries so close together proved damaging in the Reds’ bid to defend their title.  

Midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have had to deputise in a number of games this season, including in the 0-0 with league leaders Manchester United.  

Defeat to Burnley on Thursday night showed Liverpool’s frailty in their title defence and Klopp will be eager to see both Gomez and Van Dijk return to steady the ship before the 2020-21 season is over with.  

Source: Daily

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