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Report: Liverpool want to keep player with just 285 Premier League minutes, Klopp is convinced he's 'world-class'

Liverpool have made up their mind on Joe Gomez ahead of the summer, according to reports. He’s played only 285 Premier League minutes.

This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim Liverpool want to tie Joe Gomez down to a new contract and will offer him terms this summer to keep him at the club long-term.

It’s actually something of a surprise decision – Gomez has barely played this season. He’s started just 10 games across the campaign and his Premier League minutes total 285. That’s a little over three full games.

Despite that, the Reds appear set to make a firm decision here. It would be very easy to see how Gomez does next season and go from there, with little need to improve his terms.

Gomez’s contract expires in 2024, after all – there’s no rush.

But Liverpool apparently see him as a long-term part of their plans, suggesting that this campaign was simply a one-off. There’s apparently an admittance that Gomez may not want to tie himself to the club for years to come but the Reds will try.

Joe Gomez and his Liverpool future

There’s little doubt that Gomez can be an elite, title-winning centre-back for Liverpool – he’s already done it. There’s a reason Jurgen Klopp labelled him ‘world-class’ earlier in the season.

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His lack of minutes are coming at a horrible time in his career, however. Gomez is now 25 and should be entering his prime years as a top international centre-back. In fact, there’s little doubt in our minds that he’d be an England regular at his best.

Injuries – as they always have – hit Gomez hard last season, though, and it appears that Liverpool don’t quite trust him to play regularly right now. Perhaps that changes next season, however, and the desire to renew his contract suggests that’s how the Reds see it.

There have been times where it seemed Gomez was destined to leave. Instead, Liverpool are going to try and make him a long-term presence at the back. Don’t write him off just yet, then.

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