In Focus: Gomez key for Liverpool’s future

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield, the club has announced.

What are the details?

The 19-year-old has put pen to paper on what Sky Sports claim is a five-year deal.

Manager Jurgen Klopp clearly sees the defender as one for the future, not only because of his age, but because he has been unable to really show his ability since moving to Charlton in 2015.

Gomez has made just nine appearances in all competitions for the Reds due to serious injury problems, which kept him on the sidelines for 15 months.

The England Under-21 international returned to the training pitch earlier this season and has had two outings, both in the FA Cup.

Are Liverpool taking a risk with Gomez?

The teenager arrived on Merseyside with plenty of promise, and under the guidance of former manager Brendan Rodgers he impressed in the early games of the 2015-16 campaign.

He only had a handful of opportunities to shine before getting struck down with injury, but in that time he showed that he had no fear.

Being a young teen and moving to a top Premier League club can be daunting, but he demonstrated strength and composure on the ball.

The player is also very versatile, as he can play as a centre-back or a full-back on either side.

In some cases, lengthy injury spells can affect a player’s ability when they return, particularly young guns who are still developing.

However, Klopp clearly sees plenty of strong attributes in Gomez, who could turn out to be a regular starter under the German coach.