Joe Gomez reveals how Liverpool star has helped with injury nightmare
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez says Lucas Leiva has been supportive after the full-back's injury blow
Joe Gomez has revealed how Liverpool team-mate Lucas Leiva has helped the teenager deal with his knee injury.
The 18-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during first-team training in October after a whirlwind start to his Liverpool career.
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
Gomez, who was signed by Brendan Rodgers from Charlton Athletic in the summer, isn’t expected to make a return to first-team affair for a year.
Brazil international Lucas suffered a similar injury during Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the League Cup at Stamford Bridge in 2011.
And Gomez explained how Lucas has been very supportive of the England Under-21 international following his injury setback.
“From the start he came in and said to me: “I’ve done this before, I know what you’re going through,” Gomez told the ECHO.
“Lucas has been brilliant in terms of giving me advice and keeping me positive. Every day I see him he talks me through this stage of the injury and how it went for him.
“There have been times when you think the knee won’t be able to bend the same as it did and he’s been there to reassure me. He says: ‘don’t worry, it’s fine’.
“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.”
Gomez has made one assist in five Premier League games for Liverpool since his summer move.
The Catford-born defender moved to the Merseyside outfit for an undisclosed fee from Charlton in June.
Gomez was part of the England side that won the European Under-17 championship in 2014.