Joe Gomez: “I want to fight for my place and be the best I can be”
With his finest years yet ahead of him at Liverpool, Joe Gomez had a busy summer that included a new contract and a change of jersey number. He is now prepared to fight for his spot at the club.
A window of opportunity for Liverpool’s new no. 2
Due to the injuries to Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate, Gomez has been given an early preview of the action in five of his six games so far this season.
After having his contract renewed until 2027 and moving from No. 12 to No. 2, he has made nearly half of the starts he had in the whole previous season (11).
Gomez, who has had a career-long string of injuries, still has plenty more football left to play. At the age of 25, and he is still optimistic that the best is yet to come.
Gomez to LFC magazine:
“I have been here quite a while now, but in the grand scheme of things, I still feel the best years are ahead of me.”
Plenty to achieve for Gomez at Liverpool
“Obviously it was a great year for the club last year and we are trying to build on that. this season started as a blank canvas and it’s nice for us to all just go again.”
Last season, Gomez’s playing time—or lack thereof—led to questions over his future. Aston Villa was one of the teams interested in signing him. However, it is evident that the team has confidence in Gomez. And the defender reciprocates that confidence by knowing he will be given opportunities, especially during the demanding schedule that comes before and after the World Cup.
After Gomez signed his contract, Jurgen Klopp stated that the 25-year-old had nothing to prove but would have fierce competition to play next to Virgil van Dijk at the back.
However, the 25-year-old believes, he has a lot to offer at Liverpool’s backline. And as it seems, he has a lot of opportunities to do so. With Klopp and the locker room backing him up, it wouldn’t be too long till we see the English international playing up to his full potential.