August 8, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Joe Gomez fell in Klopp’s pecking order final season
  • Nonetheless, he has signed a brand new long-term contract with Liverpool
  • Gomez was a part of Liverpool’s Premier League and UCL wins

Liverpool FC center-back Joe Gomez has revealed why he didn’t depart the membership this summer season. It includes a “context” involving Reds teammate Virgil van Dijk.

Firstly of the 2022 summer season window, Gomez was closely linked with a transfer away from the Anfield aspect, with plenty of golf equipment taken with securing the English defender, together with Aston Villa, the membership that’s managed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. 

Aside from the Villa Park aspect, Newcastle United and Actual Madrid had been additionally reportedly taken with Gomez at one level.

Each Van Dijk and Gomez missed the vast majority of the 2020-21 season as a result of accidents. Whereas the Dutch center-back made it straight again into the Reds workforce, it was not the identical case for Gomez. 

Gomez was Liverpool’s fourth-choice center-back final season as Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate competed to be Van Dijk’s companion. Towards the top of the final marketing campaign, Gomez was pushed to the function of right-back, as a canopy to Trent-Alexander Arnold. 

Nonetheless, with Van Dijk turning 31 earlier this month and Matip not far behind, the 25-year-old Gomez now goals to retain his place in Jurgen Klopp’s beginning XI. 

“I can perceive why individuals would have thought I might be contemplating shifting on, for certain, one hundred pc. It is obvious from my age now and based mostly on my alternatives up to now, that there was positively nonetheless a choice for me to make. Any curiosity is flattering, however I do not actually see it like as that a lot of a distraction as a result of till I make my choice,” Gomez mentioned in an interview, Anfield Watch reported. 

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk Picture: POOL / Catherine Ivill

Talking of Van Dijk and Matip, Gomez added that each defenders are very skilled, nonetheless on the high of their video games and have prime years forward of them.

“It helps give context, I suppose. Virgil had gone 26 when he arrived, so me what he achieved from that age on, figuring out I nonetheless have the chance to try to have that point forward of me, is clearly one thing to chase and aspire in direction of. What Virg has finished goes to make him a legend on the membership in world soccer. That is the goal. To goal excessive helps you obtain as a lot as you may. Ibou being even youthful than me, it is apparent we now have time forward of us,” Gomez defined.

Gomez signed a long-term contract with Liverpool earlier this 12 months. The proficient defender is now tied with the Merseyside membership till 2027.

He has performed a component in all of the trophies that Liverpool gained underneath Klopp’s cost, together with the Premier League and the Champions League.

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