After a torrid year, Liverpool full-back Joe Gomez completed an emotional return to training on Thursday afternoon.
Gomez, 19, hasn't been involved with the first-team since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament while on international duty with the England Under-21 side in October of last year.
It was initially expected that he would return to action at the start of the new season, but he picked up an Achilles problem in July.
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Ultimately, though, Gomez is now on the path to recovery and has rejoined the likes of Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and co. at Melwood.
And, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool players welcomed Gomez back in style as they gave him an emotional round of applause.
After such a lengthy spell on the sidelines, it's going to take some time for Gomez to prove his fitness to manager Jurgen Klopp.
It was former boss Brendan Rodgers who secured the services of Gomez from Charlton Athletic back in June 2015, but it has been documented that Klopp rates the versatile defender highly.
Liverpool vs United
Right now, though, the German coach's current focus will be on his side's Premier League showdown against Manchester United on Monday night.
The Merseyside outfit have been in tremendous form recently, racking up four consecutive victories in England's elite division.
United, on the other hand, have failed to prove their credentials on a consistent basis and have obtained just four points from their last fixtures.
Ahead of the fixture, the two clubs have released a joint statement outlining the importance that both sets of fans behave correctly.
As per Liverpool's official site, the statement read: “Both clubs, their supporters and football fans around the world are looking forward to this historic and passionate match between two of the sport’s biggest and oldest rivals.
“There is great rivalry between our fans and we ask all supporters to be respectful and help eradicate all forms of offensive and discriminatory behaviour from the game.
“If any supporters are found to be engaged in any form of offensive or discriminatory behaviour by stewards or via CCTV then they will be immediately removed from the stadium, risk arrest, prosecution and be reported in accordance with the club’s ground regulations. This is an unrivalled fixture in the Premier League calendar and we thank all fans for their continued support in this important area of the game.”
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