Liverpool veteran James Milner says Joe Gomez can fight back from his latest knee operation.
Gomez recovered from a long-term anterior cruciate ligament injury during his first season at Anfield and Milner is certain his teammate since 2015 will channel that experience as he overcomes another spell out of action.
“We've spoken about Virg a lot, Joe is exactly the same. Devastated for him," Milner told Premier League Productions.
“An amazing guy, first and foremost and most importantly, and you don't want to see it happen to anyone but [especially not] someone like him. As a player, how good he is as well. People forget how young he is and what he's done at this club already and how much he has improved and continues to improve.
“He's still really young. He's been through this once before with a bad injury and came through it stronger, so if anybody has got the mental fortitude to deal with this, it's him. He has been through it before and he came back stronger, and I'm sure that will be the case again.
“Obviously we're gutted for him and how well he's been playing as well. Not only for him as a player and a person, but also for us as a team it's obviously a big miss.
“But, like I say, he's mentally very strong and he'll get through it and come back stronger. We're obviously all here with him and supporting him as much as we can."