Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield.
The 25-year-old England international has signed a five-year deal with the club that runs until the summer of 2027.
Gomez, who was reportedly interested in Aston Villa this summer, joined from Charlton Athletic in June 2015 and has since won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club with Liverpool. World Cup won.
However, the player, who can play both centre-back and full-back, was unlucky with injuries during his time at Merseyside, injuring an anterior cruciate ligament twice and breaking his leg.
As a result, Gomez has made 142 appearances in total in seven years, while last season, despite being fit, he made just 21 appearances in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“It’s obviously a special moment for me and my family,” he told Liverpool’s website. “Another one you dreamed of as a kid that I don’t take for granted.
“It’s an incredible place, in my eyes probably one of the best – if not the best – club in the world at the moment. Being able to extend my stay here was really an easy decision.
Liverpool already see Gomez as one of England’s finest centre-backs and are excited at the prospect of more to come from him
“Obviously I’ve been here for quite a while, but overall I still feel young and, as you say, my best years are ahead of me. I need to learn more and have the time for it.
“I think I have the platform here to do it with the manager and the coaching staff around me and with my teammates to make sure the best years are ahead of me.
“I think as a group the sky is the limit. We want to be one, if not two, better than last season and aim for everything.
“We definitely have the ability to do that and the belief is there, it’s just about how we did last season, play one game at a time and stay true to ourselves and play like we did under the Play instructions of the gaffer.
“Who says we can’t do more than we did last season?”
Gomez has also been capped 11 times by his country and is hoping to be part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.
“Ultimately an easy decision for Gomez”
Analysis by Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor:
“Joe Gomez believes he’s at one of the best clubs in the world, if not the best club in the world – that ultimately made his decision relatively easy.
“He would have hoped to play more than 21 last season after 2020-21 was ruined by the serious knee injury he sustained on international duty.
“At the same time, he feels that staying at Liverpool and continuing his development under Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff gives him the best opportunity to prove his best years are still ahead of him.
“And Liverpool clearly trust him to live up to that. They see him as an elite player in an elite team and the length of his contract reflects that.”
“They believe they have in Gomez a model professional whose attitude and commitment are contagious. And the club already regard him as one of England’s best centre-backs and look forward to the prospect of more to come from him.”
Liverpool games: The Reds start in Fulham
Liverpool begin the 2022/23 Premier League season with a midday trip to newly promoted Fulham on Saturday 6 August.
It will be the fourth straight season that Liverpool have started a new campaign against a Premier League newcomer.
But after they then faced Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s side are set to take on Man Utd at Old Trafford on August 20.
September will see away games to both Everton and Chelsea, and Liverpool will take on Arsenal and champions Man City on October 8 and 15 respectively.
Liverpool’s last game before the Winter World Cup season is temporarily suspended will be played at Anfield on November 12 against Southampton before returning to Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
The Reds then host arch-rivals United on March 4 before tricky ties at back-to-back weekends at City (1 April) and against Arsenal at Anfield (8 April) before ending the season in Southampton.
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