Joe Gomez is back outside at Kirkby, doing some ball work, as is Virgil van Dijk.

This is terrific news for the long-term, but irrelevant short-term. Neither will play again this season and it’s all about getting them right in time for next season.

The scar on Gomez’s left knee though is enormous – and it worried a lot of Reds on Twitter last night when the club posted a picture of his workout.

It’s crazy to think this all stemmed from Gomez simply twisting wrong during England training – there was apparently no impact or contact – so we guess the scar is from the surgery.

There should absolutely be no short-term pressure on the centre-back to return – and we think next season should actually be one in which he’s eased in gently – for the sake of his career.

That’s why we need to sign Ibrahima Konate and Ozan Kabak, in our opinion.

This article first appeared on Empire of the Kop and was syndicated with permission.

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