It’s been a long Liverpool journey for Joe Gomez, who has had to claw his way back from more injuries than any of us would care to remember. On Tuesday, when Liverpool played against Norwich City at Carrow Road, Gomez’s resilience was rewarded with a chance to wear the captain’s armband and help guide the Reds to a 3-0 victory.
It was the first time he’d had the privilege since he arrived at the club in 2015, and Gomez was excited by the opportunity.
“It was a massive honour,” he told the official site.
“Obviously after the period I’ve had, the different injuries and coming back, I’m relishing every minute and on top of that, to be able to captain the side was unbelievable. I really enjoyed it. You’re responsible to try to lead as best you can. Everyone does that in different ways. I knew you don’t want to do anything over the top or out of the ordinary, you want to be yourself.”
Gomez’s presence and seniority was especially important for the young team that Klopp chose to put out on Tuesday evening. The starting XI included starts for academy players Conor Bradley and Kaide Gordon.
“They all did unbelievable,” said Gomez. “A special mention to each and every one of them. We saw glimpses in pre-season of how good they are, a lot of training sessions they come up and train with us. They all did unbelievable.
“It’s not easy to come away without much rhythm and make your debut away at a tough place like this. Each of them did especially well.”
Having made it through this round, the Reds will find out who they play in the fourth round of the league cup on Wednesday, after all of the games have finished.