Liverpool's Joe Gomez mentions three figures in particular helping him through ACL injury

Danny Ings, Lucas Leiva as well as manager Jurgen Klopp are helping Gomez through a tough spell on the sidelines.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has been speaking to the Liverpool Echo about starting his recovery from a season-ending ACL injury he picked up while on international duty with the England Under-21s.

As a result Gomez has yet to make his first appearance under new manager Jurgen Klopp, but did impress prior to the German's arrival on Merseyside after making the summer move from Charlton Athletic - as he predominantly featured at left-back.

But Klopp appeared quick to make the teenager still feel part of the set-up, despite being unavailable for the rest of the season.

“The first time I met him was when I’d just found out I’d done my ACL. He said if there was anything he could do for me and if I needed any help to speak to him.

“He was telling me to stay positive and that he was happy to wait for me to get fit again. It was nice to hear that.

“Little things like that make a massive difference. Hearing that helps you see light at the end of the tunnel."

Danny Ings also suffered a similar injury in training after reporting back to Melwood following international duty, while midfielder Lucas Leiva experienced the same injury in the 2011/12 season while his form was going through something of a purple patch in terms of his form.

Ings being sidelined has added to something of a striker shortage, but Gomez alludes to being able to count on each other for support during a darker spell in their respective careers as they try and get back to full fitness - which for a younger player can build something of a spirit between himself and his teammate.

“We’ve been there for each other, spurring each other on. It’s been a big bonus having Danny for company. We’ve literally been side by side in everything.

“He’s a quality guy. Some days you come in and think ‘oh’ but we keep each other going. We pick each other up. It’s going to be a long road but we’re staying positive.”

Then there's the quote on Lucas: “Everything he’s told me so far about what to expect has been spot on. Seeing how Lucas has been able to get back playing at the highest level spurs me on.

"It’s great to have someone around who has been through the same thing.”

One massive positive from all this is that despite the rhetoric from Klopp that he doesn't think about the players he doesn't have available he certainly does. It is something that strictly applies to team selection for the game he is preparing for, while it also shows the role that players Lucas have in the dressing room as one of the more experienced players. 

Liverpool fans saw a glimpse of what Gomez could become before he picked up his injury - having others alongside him going through the same thing when you're at such a young age probably makes the burden that much easier as well. 

As for Ings, while the Reds also saw promise in his work rate and goalscoring, he is another player that they will love to have back in their ranks fit and well very soon. The former Burnley striker seems to have been a positive influence on Gomez, but also ready for the challenge of getting fit again.

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