Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has returned to first team training as he steps up his recovery from injury.
The Croatian centre-back was prevented from immediately returning to the side after the World Cup because of injury, but the defender will be vying for a starting spot within a few weeks.
In Lovren's absence, Joe Gomez has stepped into the role of partnering Virgil Van Dijk and earned rave reviews from the opening few fixtures.
As a result of Gomez's form in recent weeks, and Lovren's last season, Liverpool fans have not been enthusiastic about the centre-back's return from injury. Many fans took to Twitter to show their support for the England youngster in his new role.
Nice more choices but Gomez defo goes ahead of Lovren , no doubt 🔴— JOAK1M 🇸🇪 (@JAckelmante) September 19, 2018
High self opinion, not that good but probably better than Matip. Thanks goodness for Gomez and VVD we are weak after those two.— Craig Bayliss (@CraigBaylissGl2) September 19, 2018
Other fans, however, were indifferent to Lovren's injury news as they believed that the 29-year-old would not have a place in the starting lineup.
Glad the reserves have got a decent defender back to full fitness 🤙— Darren Taylor (@DTaylor00) September 19, 2018
Who cares!— KHALESSI (@shebahillz) September 20, 2018
He can take his place on the bench— Mesiri Abraham Jighu 🇳🇬 (@jighson) September 20, 2018
Clearly most Liverpool fans are not too excited about Lovren's return but the defender may feature in the starting lineup when he is fully fit.