Matthew Stinton focuses on Joe Gomez’s future at Liverpool Football Club and what might be to come for the young defender.
Joe Gomez was a somewhat unexpected signing when he arrived back in the summer of 2015, but the then 18-year-old immediately looked like a great addition as he slotted straight into the starting eleven and didn’t look out of place at all.
Unfortunately, he suffered a cruciate ligament injury as soon as Klopp arrived at the club, keeping him out for the rest of the season before more injury problems plagued the start of his 2016/17 campaign.
He was given opportunities in the early rounds of the FA Cup last season, but most of his match fitness was gained with the under 23s and while he was awarded a new contract earlier this year – which shows that Klopp must believe in him a little – rumours of a loan to another Premier League club still linger.
So what does the future hold for the 20-year-old defender?
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There could still be a place for Gomez in the first team at some point this season.
Although he has played the majority of his first team football for the Reds at left back, his future certainly lies at centre back and this was where he played for the under 23s and in the FA Cup last season.
Tall and strong, he has the perfect physical attributes for the role and while it’s looking very likely that a new centre-back will be brought in this summer, Lucas Leiva could be on the way out.
This would make Gomez either fourth or fifth choice at centre back – depending on whether he impresses enough to go ahead of Ragnar Klavan in the pecking order – which could see him come into the team for cup competitions or if there are injury problems.
The number of opportunities given to breakout stars Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn last season should fill Gomez with confidence that he can break back into the first team.
This pre-season really is an important time for Gomez.
A failure to impress could see a loan deal for the young defender go through and while he will almost certainly start in what will be an inexperienced side for the first few pre-season games against weaker opposition, he must take this chance to show his qualities and remind everyone why he earned such a big move at such a young age.
You don’t play regular first team football at 17 for no reason and this lad has got the potential to be a top player for both Liverpool and his country in the future.
Let’s hope he can get his career back on track this summer, stay at Liverpool and start to fulfil that potential. After all, Daniel Sturridge does need his partner for the next hip-hop quiz.
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