Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told Joe Gomez to 'stay positive' after the defender suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury at the start of October.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Gomez has revealed that he spoke to Klopp for the first time after discovering the seriousness of the damage.
The talented full-back looks set to miss the remainder of the season on Merseyside, but it appears that the words of Klopp have inspired him to focus on the challenges ahead.
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In fact, Gomez has insisted that, despite worrying whether or not there will be a way back for him, Klopp has given him hope that there's 'light at the end of the tunnel'.
Gomez stated: "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.
“I’ve seen the manager every now and again since and he’s been great. When someone says you’re going to be out for such a long time you do worry whether there will be a way back.”
With Gomez out for the long term, Spaniard Alberto Moreno has enjoyed a fruitful spell in the side under the new regime. But, is he good enough to star for the club week in, week out?
Moreno is more than capable of producing the goods in an attacking sense, but questions have often been raised regarding the player's defensive attributes. At just 23-years-old, Moreno has time on his side, so there's no reason why he won't come to prominence over the coming years.
However, he must continue to adapt his game in an attempt to prove his credentials on a consistent basis at Anfield.
Liverpool fans: what have you made of Moreno this season? Have your say below!