Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is celebrating five years at the club this month and is looking forward to many more years at Anfield.
The former Charlton Athletic star signed for The Reds in 2015 during the last few months of Brendan Rodgers’ reign.
In recent years, Gomez has proved himself to be one of the best young defenders in the Premier League, forming a fantastic partnership with Virgil van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool’s back four.
Gomez was signed a month after he turned 18 for just £3.5 million. His consistency at the back and old head on young shoulders is one of the main reasons many regard Gomez as Klopp’s favourite partner for Van Dijk in defence.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Gomez looked back on his experiences from his first five years at the club:
“It’s had its ups and downs and some periods have gone quicker than others, but I am so grateful to be at this club and to be coming up to my fifth year is something I definitely appreciate.
“Hopefully it is just the start of the journey; five years is a pretty decent length of time, but I hope it is just sort of the opening chapters of what can be many more years here.
“It has definitely been special times and I have definitely grown a lot here. I’ve done most of my growing up as an adult, coming here at 18. I’ve learned so much about the club and about the city. It’s been a pleasure.”
Gomez went on to discuss how those five years have surpassed what his expectations were when signing for the club in 2015.
“I’ve said it a few times but I don’t think I realised the stature of the club when I was signing.
“To be a part of some of the memories that have been created here already over the past five years and just being a part of the city and the club is special. It’s become home, my son was born here and I am getting to raise a family.
“To be a part of such a special club, for me the best in the world in the sense of the community, the fanbase – for that, I’ve got to give thanks.
“Coming back in [when training at Melwood resumed] really gave perspective of how much of a blessing it is to be a part of this club and to be involved in the set-up there is something to be thankful for.”
Gomez should be back in action, along with the rest of the Liverpool first team, later this month with the Premier League set to return on June 17th.
Liverpool need just six points from their remaining 9 games to secure the club’s 19th league title success.
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