Liverpool wouldn’t sell Joe Gomez for two reasons, according to reports. The Reds renewed his contract instead.
This comes from Goal. They claim that Liverpool never truly entertained the idea of selling Joe Gomez this summer, despite speculation.
There was talk that the Reds could sell for around £35m, with Aston Vill and Newcastle United looking at the player. Liverpool weren’t interested, however, and instead wanted to keep Gomez long-term.
And they’ve secure that, too. Gomez signed a new contract this week, tying him to Liverpool for five more years. That’s despite a season where he only played 331 Premier League minutes, starting under 10 games across all competitions.
So why didn’t Liverpool want to sell? The report claims there were two reasons, the first of which is a belief that Gomez still hasn’t reached his peak.
That’s perhaps not a surprise, given he’s only just turned 25.
The other reason is that Liverpool see a bright future in Gomez and Ibrahima Konaté. The Frenchman is also tied down long-term and the two of them clearly represent the future of the Reds at the back.
Liverpool wouldn’t sell Joe Gomez
As we say, Gomez is still only 25 and shouldn’t really be at his peak. That on its own makes the contract an easy one.
Gomez has already delivered at the elite level, after all. He played 2000 Premier League minutes in the 2019/20 season as Liverpool won the title, proving his worth as a top player. If there’s even more to come – and Liverpool believe there is – then renewing his contract is a no-brainer. In fact, selling him for £35m would be largely pointless as the Reds couldn’t secure a better replacement for that money.
And we’re entirely behind Liverpool’s idea of a Gomez/Konaté partnership. The two of them could be something truly special and we’re not sure you’ll find a better young duo anywhere in football.
Allowing them to develop together before taking over from Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip is absolutely the right way to go. All it really depends on, in truth, is Gomez managing to stay fit.