Joe Gomez returned to competitive action for Liverpool Under-23s on Wednesday evening and revealed it’s his “dream” just to play for the club again.
Gomez suffered a cruciate knee-ligament injury while playing for the England Under-21s last October – just days after the arrival of Jurgen Klopp.
The 19-year-old had been working his way back to fitness, but then he picked up an Achilles problem in pre-season training which ruled him out of action until now.
Gomez played the full 90 minutes as a young Reds side eased to a 4-0 victory over Burnley which secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Lancashire Senior Cup.
He assisted the third goal, with Matty Virtue scoring a hat-trick and Spaniard Madger Gomes adding the fourth.
The 23-year-old has never featured under Klopp, but he hopes to be available for first-team selection in the new year.
“It’s my dream just to play for the club again,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I haven’t had the experience of playing under this new manager and it’s something I really want to do – just to play at Anfield again.
“I know I have got to be patient but I am eager, obviously, after a long year out to get back out there.”
Gomez, who arrived from Charlton in the summer of 2015, for a fee of £3.5million, was an ever present in the left-back slot for Brendan Rodgers.
Gomez – a centre-back at Charlton – signed a five-year deal and when he signed he revealed he was hoping to get a chance to play at centre-back.
“I know I am still young and people can be wary of putting in young players, especially at centre-back.
“But the gaffer at Liverpool is good at managing young players and giving me advice so hopefully I will get my opportunity to play at centre-back,” said Gomez in September 2015.