Liverpool get major injury boost in Premier League title battle with Man City

Liverpool have been handed a boost in the title run-in with the return to the first-team fold of defender Joe Gomez.

The England player was a second-half substitute as the Reds breezed past Porto on Wednesday to book their place in the last four of the Champions League.

He broke his leg when Liverpool beat Burnley in December 2018, and made his much awaited return in a red shirt for an U23 outing earlier in April.

Prior to the injury, Gomez had formed an indomitable partnership with Virgil van Dijk, and Liverpool’s early-season form was largely based on an almost impenetrable defence.

“Absolutely [he looks strong],” said Jurgen Klopp . “Ox and Joe both did really well at Leicester , it was a brilliant game by all of the boys, to be honest, I watched it back. It looked really good.

“It’s clear they still need time to get full match fitness but it’s nice to have them back and now Joe first as an option. He played right full-back, we need him as this option as well.

Van Dijk and Gomez were an excellent partnership in the early part of the season

“We all know he played a wonderful season at the centre-half position until his injury, but he can play both and it’s good to have him.”

Liverpool lead champions Manchester City by two points with four games left to play in the Premier League, but Pep Guardiola’s men have a game in hand as the season enters its final month.

Gomez returned to U23 action against Leicester

And City will have to come to terms quickly with the trauma of their Champions League elimination at the hands of Tottenham on Wednesday if they are to hold their nerve in the league and become the first team to win back-to-back titles since city rivals Manchester United in 2009.

City looked to have recovered a two-goal deficit against Spurs to haul themselves into the last four, before Fernando Llorente’s late goal turned the tie and ruined the champions’ European dream.

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