Joe Gomez is back and, it’s a good thing

After a dismal season in 2014/15 Brendan Rodgers sought new signings, amongst the bigger signings such as, Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke was a relatively unknown young defender by the name of Joe Gomez.

In his debut campaign in 2014/15 for Charlton Athletic he managed 24 games in all competitions. He played at both right back and centre back (which is his preferred position).

In June 2015 Brendan Rodgers was so impressed by the youngster he was willing to part with £3.5 million, although the transfer went under the radar as the majority of fans thought he would play for the reserves.

To my shock, and I’m sure to the shock of many supporters Gomez started our first game of the season, playing at left back in place of the much maligned Alberto Moreno, at the Britannia Stadium. The location of one of the worst Liverpool losses in recent years, a 6-1 drubbing on the last day of the previous season. Although the game was a lacklustre affair Gomez did impress and made the transition to Premier League football look simple. He managed seven games in all competitions until he suffered a season ending injury on 13th October, just five days after Jürgen Klopp had been named Liverpool manager.

One year later Gomez returned to full training and although he will find it difficult to break into the first team for Premier League games, he could be a perfect replacement in any position at the back (having played as both a full back and a centre back already in his career).

Welcome back Joe.

Written by @LiamGrimshaw

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