Even though Aston Villa have only managed to concede five goals in the six Premier League games that Steven Gerrard has taken charge of as their new manager, after conceding 13 in the five consecutive defeats that cost Dean Smith his job, it seems as though the Midlands club are looking to strengthen their defence in the upcoming January transfer window.
With a recent report from Italian media outlet Calciomercato (via Daily Express) claiming that Villa have made an offer to fellow Premier League club Liverpool to sign defender Joe Gomez, it appears that Gerrard is wasting no time in adding some new faces to the squad.
Since joining Liverpool back in the 2015 summer transfer window from Charlton Athletic in a deal worth a reported fee of £3.5m, Gomez has made a total of 130 appearances across all competitions, winning the Premier League and Champions League along the way.
Despite his vast experience at the age of 24, the defender, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £85k-per-week according to Salary Sport, has only made three Premier League appearances this season, all coming off the substitutes bench, which suggests to us that Gomez is not at the top of the pecking order at Liverpool for the centre-back position and could potentially be convinced to leave and join a club like Villa with the promise of regular game time.
Labelled as a “sensational” player by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Gerrard would certainly blow a lot of Villa fans away if he were able to lure Gomez to Villa Park next month.
After all, not only would they be adding a proven Premier League player to their squad from an elite club who have won the Champions League and top-flight recently, but they’d also be acquiring a young player with enormous potential to bolster Villa’s defence alongside the likes of Ezri Konsa and England colleague, Tyrone Mings.
If Villa haven’t actually made an offer to Liverpool for Gomez but are interested in signing him, they should definitely explore the possibility of bringing him to Villa Park and negotiating with Gerrard’s former club.
However, with Gomez having an unfortunate injury record with three very big injuries under his belt during his time at the Merseyside club, this should be taken into account over whether or not Villa go all in to sign him next month.