Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has officially signed a new long-term contract, according to an announcement by the club. The 21-year-old is currently injured after fracturing his lower leg against Burnley a week ago. However, his brilliant play over the last season has earned him a new deal.
Joe Gomez signs new Liverpool long-term contract
Gomez joined Liverpool in 2015 from Charlton Athletic. Liverpool paid just £3.5 million for Gomez’s signature. The defender has played 59 times for Liverpool in all competitions.
This season, Gomez has become a first-choice player for manager Jurgen Klopp. Capable of playing across the back four, Gomez has been deployed 15 times at centre-back and on four occasions as a right-back. In total, Gomez has featured 18 times for Liverpool in all competitions.
What did Joe Gomez say about his new contract?
Gomez spoke to Liverpool’s official website after signing his new contract. He expressed his happiness with the new long-term deal.
“Signing this new deal means the world to me,” Gomez said.
“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.”
Gomez’s current injury isn’t the first during his Anfield career. In 2015, Gomez suffered an ACL injury while on England Under-21 national team duty. The injury was a major setback, but Gomez has worked hard to overcome it.
“There have been a lot of highs and lows, it’s my fourth season now and every one has been different,” he said.
“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.”
According to Total Sportek, Gomez made £30,000-per-week before signing his new Liverpool contract. His original deal was set to expire in 2022.