Last season, Joe Gomez was trying to wrestle back his right-back spot from Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Now, though, the 21-year-old is sitting alongside Virgil van Dijk in the centre of defence during Dejan Lovren’s injury absence.
Gomez has started all four of the Reds’ Premier League fixtures and has been a solid presence in the club’s 100% start to the season.
His performances at club level warranted him a starting spot as part of a three-man defence for England’s Nations League match against Spain.
The young player’s display was not perfect, but he showed signs that he has the quality to become first choice for both club and country.
During the match at Wembley, which ended in a 2-1 loss to the Three Lions, Gomez was heavily involved as he had more touches on the ball than any of his teammates.
There were some shaky moments when he misplaced a pass, conceded a free kick and committed a second foul.
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However, as the minutes ticked by, he became more confident and paid back the trust that Gareth Southgate placed in him to start ahead of Kyle Walker.
As well as clearing the danger twice and putting in a crucial tackle to prevent a third Spain goal, it was an all-round positive outing for the Liverpool defender.