Liverpool defender reveals his innovative way of getting through injury nightmare
Liverpool starlet Joe Gomez has revealed that he bought a calendar to tick off the days until his return from a knee injury
Joe Gomez has revealed that he bought a calendar to tick off the days until his long-awaited return to Liverpool action from a serious knee injury.
The versatile Reds defender suffered a serious knee injury during England Under-21 duty in 2015 before the left-back got a chance to impress his new manager Jurgen Klopp.
Gomez was signed in a £5m deal from Charlton Athletic in the 2015 summer transfer window under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers as he bolstered Liverpool’s defensive options.
The 19-year-old started Liverpool’s opening five Premier League games of the 2015-16 season, including a particularly impressive performance in a goalless draw at Anfield.
Gomez made his first Liverpool assist as he teed up Philippe Coutinho for the Merseyside outfit’s winner in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City at the Britiannia Stadium in August 2015.
However, the defender hasn’t featured for the 18-time English champions since September 2015, although Gomez made a return to first-team training last month in the next step of his rehabilitation.
And Gomez revealed his innovative method to get through his long road to recovery.
“Towards the end, the final two months, I bought a calendar and put it on my wardrobe and I wrote out every day and ticked off every box,” Gomez told Liverpool’s website.
“With the nature of my Achilles injury, I could write out my distances and I was checking off each week – ‘This week I finished 5k, this week I finished 8k.’
“That was massive for me because I was counting down and looking at the week itself, instead of focusing on a long-term goal. That helped me massively.”