Some Liverpool fans have said that signing Matthijs de Ligt is not worth the huge amount of money it would cost to sign him as Joe Gomez is just as good.

The Englishman has a terrible injury record since his £3.5m move to Anfield but, that aside, he is the dream partner for Virgil van Dijk.

Quick, decisive, a strong runner on the ball and able to break the lines with a single pass; Jurgen Klopp is a huge fan of the former Charlton Athletic youngster and it’s clear to see why.

Joe Gomez.

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Klopp’s appreciation for Gomez’s talents is evidenced by Liverpool renewing his contract last season, extending his terms until the summer of 2024.

All that needs to happen for the 22-year-old to kick on and become one of the best defenders in Europe is for his injury hassles to become a thing of the past.

If that happens, Liverpool will have saved nearly £60m by not moving for de Ligt and by showing faith in a young, domestic talent in Joe Gomez.

Joe Gomez.

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Liverpool fans might just be saying they think G0mez is better than de Ligt because it looks increasingly likely that the Dutchman won’t join the club this summer.

Even so, what we saw of Gomez last season, when he and van Dijk conceded just five goals across an 11-game span is hugely encouraging for what the future might hold.

Joel Matip might bar the way forward for Gomez after the Cameroonian enjoyed a stellar 2018/19 season but healthy competition is always welcome among top players.

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