Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield.
The 25-year-old England international has signed a five-year deal with the club that runs until the summer of 2027.
Gomez, who reportedly interested Aston Villa this summer, joined from Charlton Athletic in June 2015 and has since won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Cup. FIFA Club World Cup with Liverpool.
However, the player, who can operate as a centre-back or full-back, has been unlucky with injuries during his time on Merseyside, twice damaging his anterior cruciate ligament and breaking his leg.
As a result, Gomez has made 142 appearances in total in seven years, while last season, despite being fit, he made just 21 appearances in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“Obviously it’s a special moment for me and my family,” he told Liverpool’s website. “Another you dream of as a child and one I don’t take for granted.
“It’s an amazing place to be – in my opinion probably one of the best, if not the best, clubs in the world at the moment. The opportunity to extend my stay here was an easy decision to make, really.
Liverpool already view Gomez as one of the best centre-backs in England and are excited by the prospect of more to come from him.
“Obviously I’ve been here quite a while now, but in the grand scheme of things I still feel young and as you say the best years are yet to come. I have more to learn and the time to do it.”
“I think I have the platform here to do it with the coach and coaching staff around me and my teammates, to make sure the best years are ahead.
“I think as a group, the sky is the limit. We want to go one, if not two, better than last season and aim for everything.”
“We definitely have the ability to do that and the belief is there, it’s just about us playing one game at a time, like we did last season, and just being true to ourselves, playing the way we play under the guidance of of the coach.
“Who’s to say we can’t do more than we did last season?”
Gomez has also been capped 11 times for his country and hopes to be part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.
“Ultimately, an easy decision for Gomez”
Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor’s analysis:
“Joe Gomez believes he is at one of the best clubs in the world, if not the best, ultimately making his decision relatively easy.
“I would have hoped to make more appearances than the 21 he made last season, after 2020-21 was ruined by the serious knee injury he sustained on international duty.
“At the same time, he feels that staying at Liverpool and continuing his development with Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff gives him the best chance to show that his best years are yet to come.
“And Liverpool clearly have faith that he will live up to that. They see him as an elite player in an elite team and the length of the contract reflects that.”
“In Gomez they believe they have an exemplary professional whose attitude and commitment are contagious. And the club already see him as one of the best centre-backs in England and are excited by the prospect of more to come from him.”
Liverpool matches: Reds start at Fulham
Liverpool kick off the 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a lunchtime trip to newly promoted Fulham on Saturday 6 August.
It will be the fourth season in a row that Liverpool have started a new campaign against a Premier League newcomer.
But after facing Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s side will face Man Utd at Old Trafford on August 20.
September will feature away trips to both Everton and Chelsea in September and Liverpool will also face back-to-back clashes with Arsenal and champions Man City on October 8 and 15 respectively.
Liverpool’s last game before the season is temporarily halted for the winter World Cup will be against Southampton at Anfield on November 12 before returning to action at Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
The Reds then host arch-rivals United on March 4, before deceptive-looking clashes on back-to-back weekends at City (April 1) and against Arsenal at Anfield (April 8), before the season ends. in Southampton.
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