Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has revealed he was "absolutely devastated" after finding out that he was set to spend the majority of the 2015/16 on the sidelines due to a knee injury he suffered in October. The 18-year-old made a switch to Anfield from Charlton Athletic earlier in the summer transfer window.
The versatile defender was started in the league fixtures by former manager Brendan Rodgers since the beginning of the new campaign. Overall, the teenager made seven appearances in all competitions for the Reds.
Liverpool showed the exit door to Rodgers and replaced him with Jurgen Kloop during the international break in October. Gomez was on international duty with England U21 and during the European championship qualifier victory over Kazakhstan, he sustained a knee injury.
The Merseyside club's summer arrival has been out of action since October with anterior cruciate ligament damage and is expected to miss the most part of this season. Another summer signing Danny Ings is also out of action with ACL and Gomez says having the former Burnley striker alongside has been a massive support in their road to recover to full fitness.
"I was absolutely devastated. When I came back to Liverpool, I knew I wasn't going to be fit for the manager's first game at Tottenham but I was hoping I'd be back available before too long," Joe Gomez told the Liverpool Echo.
"The physio Chris (Morgan) and the doctor (Andy Massey) didn't say anything before the scan but my knee had swollen up and I think they knew straightaway. When they got the results, I could tell by the doctor's face that it wasn't good news. To be told it was my cruciate was tough to take."
"Having Danny there for support has really helped to keep me going. I was gutted for him when I found out he had also done his ACL. He was flying - scoring goals for Liverpool and getting his chance with England.
"It's been a reminder for both of us that everyone gets setbacks in football, it's not all plain sailing. Neither of us wanted to be in this situation but it has really helped that we're going through it together.
"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."