It’s easy to forget about poor Joe Gomez.
The 18-year-old was snapped up from Charlton last summer for £3.5million, and unexpectedly found himself a regular fixture and right back in the opening weeks of the season.
Sadly, he picked anterior cruciate ligament injury while playing for England U21s against Kazakhstan in mid-October, just days after Klopp joined the club (via Echo).
Less than 24 hours later Danny Ings remarkably went down with same season-ending injury, and the two have been helping each other recover ever since.
“At first, I didn’t actually realise how much of a help he’d be during whole process. My injury hadn’t even properly hit me yet and Ingsy’s was a day later. It was gutting for us both and tough to take,” he told the Echo.
“We didn’t have time to digest it in the beginning, but there’s moments now I’ll be doing a session and think to myself ‘imagine if I had to do all this on my own.’ It would be hard to.”
“[Danny] is such an uplifting guy and that’s exactly what you need around you. We bounce off each other really well and it’s great that we can motivate each other during this period.”
It is thought Ings might be able to make a return in the closing weeks of the this season, but it’s unlikely we’ll see Joe before August.
It’s absolutely ridiculous that we’ve had to do without him all season after an injury picked up on international duty, but what can you do?
All we can hope is that he returns at the same standard as we saw glimpses of during the autumn.