Lucas Leiva has sent a classy Instagram message to Joe Gomez and Danny Ings after the Liverpool duo were both ruled out for the season with knee injuries earlier this week.
The Brazilian admitted in 2012 - per the Daily Mail - that he feared for his own career after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage in his left knee, leading to surgery and months on the sidelines.
However, Lucas went on to make a full recovery and believes his injured teammates have plenty of time ahead of them to do the same.
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“It is been a hard days for these two. I have been trough this and I know how you feel but I am sure you guys will be back stronger,” Lucas posted on Instagram. “You have all the years ahead of you. Keep strong my friend @joegomez5 and @ingstagram10. YNWA.”
Liverpool fans understandably loved Lucas’ message which, at the time of writing, has been liked over 25,000 times and received over 300 comments - some of those even calling for Lucas to become the Reds’ next captain.
Bad timing for both Gomez and Ings
Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp isn’t about to take the armband off Jordan Henderson, though, and the England international was probably the best man for the job following the departure of Steven Gerrard at the end of last season.
As for Gomez and Ings, Lucas is spot on: the two players are young enough to bounce back from their serious knee injuries.
Sadly, though, neither player is likely to be fit in time for England’s European Championships in France next summer.
Gomez, an England Under-21 international, would have stood an outside chance of making Roy Hodgson’s squad if he continued playing week-in, week-out for Liverpool.
Ings, meanwhile, made his international debut in the win over Lithuania on Monday - just over a week after scoring for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.
The timing of his injury for the 23-year-old, in particular, could not have been worse.
Liverpool fans: can your team still push for a top-four finish without Joe Gomez and Danny Ings? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!