Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield.
The England international, 25, has signed a five-year contract with the club, which runs until the summer of 2027.
Gomez, who has reportedly been an interesting 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 FIFA Club World Cup with Liverpool.
However, the player – who can operate as a centre-back or full-back – has, however, been unlucky with injuries during his time at Merseyside, damaging his anterior cruciate ligament and breaking his leg twice.
As a result, Gomez made a total of 142 appearances in seven years, while last season, despite being fit, made just 21 appearances in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“It is clearly a special moment for me and my family,” he told Liverpool’s website. “Another one you dream of as a kid and one that I don’t take for granted.
“It’s an incredible place to be; in my opinion probably one of the best – if not the best – clubs in the world right now. The opportunity to extend my stay here was actually an easy decision.
Liverpool already see Gomez as one of England’s best central defenders and are excited about the prospect of more to come
“Of course I’ve been here for a while, but in the grand scheme of things I still feel young and, as you say, the best years are ahead of me. I have more to learn and the time to do that.
“I think I have the platform here to do it with the manager and the coaching staff around me and my teammates, to make sure the best years are ahead of us.
“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 about taking it game by game, like we did last season, and just being true to ourselves, playing like we’re playing under the gaffer’s leadership.
“Who says we can’t do more than last season?”
Gomez has also capitulated 11 times by his country and hopes to be part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
‘In the end a clear decision for Gomez’
Analysis by Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor:
“Joe Gomez believes he is at one of the, if not the best clubs in the world – that made his decision relatively easy in the end.
“He had hoped to make more appearances than the 21 he made last season, after 2020-21 was devastated by the serious knee injury he sustained during his international service.
“At the same time, he feels that staying at Liverpool and continuing his development under Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff gives him the best chance of proving that his best years are ahead of him.
“And Liverpool are clearly confident he will deliver. They see him as an elite player on an elite team and the contract duration reflects that.”
“In Gomez they believe they have an exemplary professional whose attitude and dedication are infectious. And the club already see him as one of England’s best central defenders and are excited about the prospect of more to come.”
Liverpool match schedule: Reds start at Fulham
Liverpool kick off the 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a lunch trip to newly promoted Fulham on Saturday, August 6.
It will be the fourth season in a row in which Liverpool have started a new campaign against a newcomer to the Premier League.
But after then facing Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp will face Man Utd at Old Trafford on August 20.
There are trips to both Everton and Chelsea in September and Liverpool will also face successive clashes against Arsenal and champions Man City on 8 and 15 October.
Liverpool’s last game before the season is temporarily halted for the winter World Cup is 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 tough clashes over successive weekends at City (April 1) and Arsenal at Anfield (April 8), before finishing the season at Southampton.
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