Liverpool Would Be Right To Reward Joe Gomez

It’s believed that Liverpool are preparing a new bumper longterm contract offer for versatile defender Joe Gomez.

Some people might query why the Merseyside club would be willing to make a new contract offer when the player, who has had injury issues, still has three and a half years left to go on his current terms.

But just look at the pickle Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal have got themselves in as all three have members of the first team squad entering the final months of their contracts next year.

Plus England international Joe has been terrific this season. He’s matured as a performer and has looked superb playing alongside Virgil van Dijk in central defence.

Defensively The Reds have only conceded four times this term in the Premier League, only Manchester City have conceded less, and Gomez has been a big part of that as he’s played in nine out ten of their league fixtures.

It’s a huge bonus for Jurgen Klopp to have an assured, quick defender who can play anywhere in the backline and is also intelligent enough to play in a back three if needed.

Stats wise; Gomez is averaging 1.7 tackles per league game, wins around two headers per domestic outing, makes 1.3 interceptions and 2.7 clearances.

Joe’s also very comfortable when he has the ball at his feet. So far this term, his passing success rate is up at 87% and he’s making around 62.8 passes per Premier League performance.

The defender has high concentration levels and he is also fast at reacting and getting back into position, that’s why for me, he’s a better option than Dejan Lovern to play alongside Van Djik this season.

Joseph is a player that’s well liked inside the Liverpool dressing room. A big part of his understanding with Virgil, is the fact that the two get on off the park.

Andrew Robertson recently took time to praise his defensive teammate:

“Look at Joe. I didn’t know a lot about him when I joined, but he is an unbelievable player,”

Another great quality Gomez possesses is the fact that the player himself knows he can improve and is determined to do so. He isn’t ready to rest on his laurels just because he’s managed to break into the first team:

“I’m just enjoying playing, I’m just learning. I’m still young [and] obviously I’ve got a lot to learn. I’m far from the finished article,”

The twenty-one year old has impressed greatly this term and, as he says, there’s also room for improvement.

A top club rewards players that are in form and ones that will continue to improve their team. It’s another sign that Liverpool are one of the best run football clubs at the moment.

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