Daniel White provides three reasons as to why Joe Gomez could play an important role for Liverpool next season.
Joe Gomez was a signing for the future when bought for £3.5 million in June of 2015, having impressed previously at Charlton Athletic. With good height, strength and composure the young man impressed in his short 7 games at left back, although his favoured position is at centre half.
Injury cut his season short and he has spent his time on the sideline since October.
With Matip coming in the competition at centre back is going to be very tough. It seems that Skrtel will be moving on after being a loyal servant for Liverpool which you would think puts Gomez 4th in the pickings for that position. However the importance of Joe Gomez might not be just what he does on the field at Anfield this season.
Competition is the first area that could be important for Liverpool from Gomez, no one expects him to feature next season too much but his ability to play anywhere along the back four asks a question of all the defenders. Top players perform under pressure and Gomez being up and coming could put pressure on Sakho, Lovren and Matip to perform at the top of their game which can only be a positive for Liverpool.
Cover is the second reason Gomez is important for this Liverpool side, similar to providing competition but there are going to be times where Klopp will want to rest his first choice defenders and have decent cover. Gomez showed last season that he is fully capable of slotting in and doing a job comfortably.
The third reason is his composure and maturity, for a 19 year old Gomez plays with a calmness that is rather refreshing for a young player. We saw in the 7 games that he has already played that he is good with the ball, evidenced with a pass success rate over 80% and also providing one assist for the team.
Gomez’ impact next season is unpredictable taking into consideration that there may be more signings before the season starts but one thing that seems likely is that Gomez is going to develop into a wonderful footballer if he can progress from where he left off.