Report explains what Jurgen Klopp told Joe Gomez to convince him to sign a new Liverpool contract
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Report explains what Jurgen Klopp told Joe Gomez to convince him to sign a new Liverpool contract

Joe Gomez has a new Liverpool contract, the club announced on Thursday. Jurgen Klopp had a talk with him before the deal was signed.

This comes from the Mirror. The outlet claims that Jurgen Klopp essentially gave Joe Gomez a challenge ahead of his new contract with Liverpool.

Gomez is now committed for five more years at Liverpool, despite talk that he could leave the club. The centre-back fell down the pecking order last season, after all. Despite holding down a first-choice spot as the Reds won the league in 2020, Gomez is now a distant fourth-choice.

He played just 441 minutes in the Premier League last season across eight appearances. Just four of those came from the start.

But Klopp has apparently told Gomez what he needs to do in order to get his place back – remain injury-free. If Gomez can do that, he should get himself a starting spot in the Liverpool team.

Joe Gomez signs new Liverpool contract

It’s an interesting one, this. Gomez typically rotates between seasons blighted by injury and full seasons where he looks like a world-beater. There’s little doubt that his talent is enough to start for Liverpool – the problem is that a serious injury always seems to be around the corner.

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But Klopp’s challenge explains why Gomez is willing to sign a five-year deal with Liverpool. He could quite easily get first-team football elsewhere, after all. The Englishman will enter his prime years within this contract and won’t want to spend them sitting on the bench.

And so he must trust his manager when it comes to the future. Klopp quite plainly rates Gomez highly and we firmly believe that he would give him his spot back with a consistent injury-free run. That appears to be the request on Liverpool’s side here.

Whether that’s asking too much of Gomez’s body remains to be seen.

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