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The story of Tom Hill's pre-season tour with Liverpool

By Charles Cornwall

The story of Tom Hill's pre-season tour with Liverpool

The start of Hill's troubles was an ACL injury – one that would already require patience and plenty of rehabilitation.

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Tom Hill is the feel-good story within Jürgen Klopp's squad on the Asian pre-season tour, now fit again after injury troubles that began in September 2020. In just his second game back, the 19-year-old joined Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez in the forward line for the final half an hour of the meeting with United in front of more than 50,000 spectators.

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"I just had my head on the game and then afterwards I just let it sink in and realised, 'That's a pretty good achievement, considering how long I've been out'”. "It was like I've worked the whole 20 months for that moment, and hopefully it just keeps going on from here."

Hill found out two days before departure that he would be part of the 37-man travelling party for the tour. The 12-hour flight to Thailand was 'a bit emotional', he admits, as it offered him the chance to reflect on his painstaking journey up to that point.

Tom's shin and back problems:

He says: "I was training with the first team early on in the week, so I had a little idea but I didn't want to get my hopes up for anything. The start of Hill's troubles was an ACL injury – one that would already require patience and plenty of rehabilitation. But repeated setbacks with shin and back issues delayed his return.

Now, Hill could be in line for his second outing of the summer on Friday when the Reds take on Crystal Palace at Singapore National Stadium. 

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