Sunday 20 October 2019

Joe Gomez signs new six-year deal with Liverpool

Joe Gomez (Martin Rickett/PA)
Joe Gomez (Martin Rickett/PA)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024.

The England international, currently out for six weeks with a fractured leg, has been impressive this season both alongside Virgil Van Dijk in the centre of defence and also at right-back, where he has alternated with Trent Alexander-Arnold.

His new deal is a significant improvement on the contract he signed in January 2017 and reflects his progress since then.

Gomez joined Liverpool from Charlton in the summer of 2015 as an 18-year-old for a fee of £3.5million.

A serious knee injury on duty for England Under-21s in October of that year meant he was sidelined as manager Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers but battled his way back to fitness.

However, an ankle problem sustained playing for the senior England side in March this year meant he missed the Reds' Champions League final but he has bounced back from that to establish himself as Klopp's preferred partner for Van Dijk.

"Signing this new deal means the world to me," Gomez told liverpoolfc.com.

"I've been at the club a few years now and have had the pleasure to play for Liverpool and experience what that means, so I am delighted to get the chance to extend my contract here.

"I love the club, I love playing and learning here, and I am happy for that to continue. There have been a lot of highs and lows, it's my fourth season now and every one has been different.

"Obviously I would like to have had a few less setbacks along the way, but it has all been part of my journey - one that I have loved and embraced. I have learned so much.

"There have been good times on the pitch as well. Hopefully that can continue.

"I am learning under a great manager and great coaching staff and have all the tools around me to keep progressing and learning. I am looking forward to it."

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