Over the years, Liverpool have secured a number of big-money transfer moves for players such as Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Naby Keita among others for significant amounts of money.
One transfer the club completed during that time that may not have grabbed as much attention as others is Joe Gomez, who joined the Merseyside club back in the 2015 summer transfer window from Charlton Athletic for a reported fee of £3.5m
Since then, the 24-year-old, who has been described by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as “exceptional” and “sensational” in the past, has gone on to make 126 appearances for the Reds across all competitions, playing his part in Liverpool’s domestic and European trophy haul in recent years.
Despite this previous praise from Klopp, the fact that Gomez has only played a handful of minutes in the Premier League so far this season from two appearances off the substitutes bench says to us that he is not one of Liverpool’s first-choice centre-backs
In terms of his market value, in July 2015, shortly after joining the club, Transfermarkt had his market value listed as £2.25m, whereas it now stands at £27m, showing a massive increase and proving how much he has developed and progressed at Liverpool.
This also shows, in our view, how well Liverpool’s recruitment team worked to single him out and how much of a good deal it was from the club as a whole to secure him for such a relatively small amount.
Additionally, given how Gomez’s previous injuries have disrupted his time at the club on some occasions, we feel that his market value would be higher than it is at this point in time had he not suffered so many unfortunate injuries.
Moving forward, we feel that if Gomez can start playing regularly for the Reds in the Premier League and keep his fitness up, we feel his market value could potentially increase even further than it already has done given his age.
Also, give the age of Van Dijk (30) and Joel Matip (30) Gomez could well be seen by the coaching staff at Liverpool as a suitable long-term replacement for one of the older centre-backs for the future.