Liverpool have committed to a ‘world-class’ partnership with their new Joe Gomez contract. The centre-back will be around for some time.
Few could have questioned it if Liverpool decided to move on from Joe Gomez this summer. He started just four Premier League games last season, totalling just 331 minutes across the competition. That’s significantly fewer than the previous campaign (590 minutes) despite that one halting with a season-ending injury.
In fact, go back two years and Gomez played 2000 minutes as a first-choice player in Liverpool’s title-winning season. It’s quite the fall, then, as the 25-year-old is currently a fourth-choice centre-back at the club. Starting afresh made a lot of sense.
Instead, Gomez has signed a long-term contract with Liverpool and will be at the club for the foreseeable future. He’s willing to fight for his place and, seemingly, the Reds want that. Reports from the Mirror suggest that Jurgen Klopp has already told Gomez that an injury-free run would see him back in the side.
But this deal looks further ahead than that. This is Liverpool investing in their future and, more importantly, committing to a very exciting partnership.
Liverpool commit to partnership with Joe Gomez contract
Gomez is 25, meaning he could feasibly be a first-team option for another eight years. It also means his best years are almost certainly still on their way.
Two of Liverpool’s centre-backs can’t say the same. Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip will both be 31 by the time this transfer window closes – their decline is coming. There is, of course, one centre-back who is very much on the rise, however.
Ibrahima Konaté is a star in the making, having fully established himself as an elite defender last season. He’s the future at the back for Liverpool and, with Gomez’s new contract, he has a clear partner waiting for him.
The Reds plainly want Gomez and Konaté to be their centre-back partnership of the future and everything points in that direction. If the former stays fit, they could take over in the next two or three years.
These are two players that Jurgen Klopp already considers to be ‘world-class’. They’re only going to get better, too, and together, they could develop an elite partnership once a full understanding is there. There is no need for new centre-back signings for some time, in fact, if this all works out.
Now, we did say this a year ago, too. Konaté certainly go opportunities to show how good he is but Gomez didn’t – we expect that to change in 2023. The two of them are Liverpool’s future at the back as a partnership and it appears the club has gone all-in on it.