Joe Gomez was absolutely delighted to see Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah sign a new contract this summer.
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Gomez claimed that Liverpool have done something ‘special’ by ensuring Salah stays at the club.
“Mo signing his deal is another statement,” said the 25-year-old. “Everyone knows Mo’s quality – he is already a legend at the club – and it was a long, ongoing procedure. To get it done is a special thing, not just for the fans but for the team. His application and work-rate is one thing, but what he produces on the pitch is something I’m grateful to be on the same side of.”
Gomez followed his teammate in signing a new, long-term deal in recent weeks. Although both brilliant pieces of news, with respect to Joe, Salah’s was the one we were all waiting for.
Business wrapped up for Liverpool
The transfer window is still open for around six weeks or so before the new season. But at Liverpool, it feels as though it may as well have shut weeks ago.
As usual, The Reds got their business done nice and early. There are still one or two loose ends to tie up, but that will largely be fringe and young players moving on.
Maybe that will change if key targets unexpectedly become available. As of now though, that seems mightily unlikely.
If Liverpool’s business is concluded, then it’s possible that Salah’s signing will be the biggest one of all. Of course, new contracts can technically be sorted out during the season, but Liverpool tend to do them in spates during the summer.
Still, it felt as though Salah’s was one that may rumble unwantedly on through the season. The longer it went on, the more unlikely it felt that we’d be seeing our Egyptian King at Anfield past 2023.
Thankfully, that kind of notion can now be firmly dispelled. After losing Sadio Mane, Salah’s signing returned the feel-good factor around the club.
With his legacy now surely secure, Mo can get about becoming one of the absolute all-time greats of this football club.