22 November 2020 22:38
Tim Sherwood has told The Weekend Preview that James Milner could player in 'any position' on the pitch for Liverpool and still give his side a '7/10'. Joe Gomez is the latest long-term casualty in the injury stakes, whilst Mo Salah will be self-isolating after attending his brother's wedding in Egypt, and Sherwood thinks this is where a player like Milner comes into play. "These circumstances Liverpool find themselves in now is the reason why James Milner signed a new contract," said Sherwood. Even with such problems for Liverpool this season, from the injuries to the goals conceded, they have still managed to keep in touch with the top of the table. Liverpool veteran James Milner says Joe Gomez can fight back from his latest knee operation.
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 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. "But, like I say, he's mentally very strong and he'll get through it and come back stronger. James Milner fully expects Joe Gomez to come back stronger from the injury that will sideline the Liverpool centre-half for a significant part of the remainder of this season. Gomez required surgery to repair a tendon in his left knee after sustaining the issue in training with the England national team earlier this month.
The 23-year-old was absent for more than a year earlier in his Liverpool career after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury while with England under-21s in October 2015, and missed four months after fracturing his leg in December 2018. And Milner is convinced that experience will help Gomez recover from his latest spell on the sidelines, where he has joined fellow centre-back Virgil van Dijk, who has started his rehabilitation following ACL damage sustained last month. "We've spoken about Virg a lot, Joe is exactly the same - devastated for him," said Milner. Milner, speaking to Premier League Productions, added: "Obviously we're gutted for him and how well he's been playing as well. "But, like I say, he's mentally very strong and he'll get through it and come back stronger.
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. Not only for him as a player and a person, but also for us as a team it's obviously a big miss. "But, as I say, he's mentally very strong and he'll get through it and come back stronger.