While most of the talk surrounding Joe Gomez this summer has been speculation that he would likely leave in search of more playtime, it appears the manager and the club had different plans for the man when they announced on Thursday he had signed a new long term contract.
At 25 years old, Gomez still has a lot to offer a Liverpool team that is currently planning for the future - and a partnership with Ibrahima Konate might be on the cards. Manager Jürgen Klopp couldn’t be happier about the future with the versatile defender, either.
“As a club, we have had a lot of good, really good news lately and this is some more,” Klopp said.
“Joe is an outstanding talent. He is also an outstanding defender and an outstanding human being. He has so many qualities, I could talk about them all day, so knowing that he will continue his journey with us is a massive boost – one that everyone who loves Liverpool FC and cares about its present and future should be unbelievably happy about.”
Having signed for the club in 2015, he is in the small company of being with the squad before Klopp joined, so it’s easy to forget how young he still is compared to some in the squad. He has had 142 appearances so far, and is the only member of the squad to have yet to score a goal, too (despite that incredible free kick video that came out a few years ago).
Klopp, of course, knows there is plenty of time yet for our man from Charlton.
“One of the many wonderful things about Joe is he has experience and youth – that’s not a bad combination. He has not long turned 25 but he was at the club before I was and I think after Hendo and Millie he is our longest-serving player. Incredible. But the best thing of all is that his best years are still to come and I could not be happier that this will happen with us,” the manager continued.
“In terms of right now, Joe is in phenomenal shape. We had a few weeks off and when I returned to AXA I saw him and my first thought was ‘Wow!’ Physically, he is in such a good place and now all he needs is a good pre-season and the rhythm that comes from this.
“Everything else is in place and I could not be happier that he will be staying with us for even longer.”
Five more years of a player that will hopefully only get better the more chances he gets to perform.