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Jamie Carragher tips Joe Gomez to succeed at Liverpool

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Jamie Carragher has tipped Joe Gomez to be highly successive at Liverpool and feels the England Under-19s international can develop into a top-class player.

Gomez signed for the Reds for £3.5 million from Charlton Athletic and snubbed moves to Arsenal, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund to join the Merseyside outfit.

Liverpool have a history of signing young defenders with a bright future, however, most have gone on to fail at Anfield and never showed their true form they have previously at former sides.

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But, Carragher insists Brendan Rodgers has signed a youngster with a bright future who can break the previous trend, however, admits it could spell the end of Andre Wisdom's time at Liverpool.

“With him (Gomez) being able to play right-back and centre back, it means there will be question marks now over Andre Wisdom’s future and having been on loan for the last couple of years I’m sure he will want regular football," the 37-year-old was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.

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“There has been plenty of young defenders signed over the last decade or so for Liverpool who’ve never quite made the grade (Gabriel) Paletta, (Sebastien) Coates, (Danny) Wilson, (Daniel) Ayala, (Mikel) San Jose and (Tiago) Ilori who still has time to change that.

"It basically comes from a lack of game time but crucially not taking their chance on the rare occasions they were chosen.

“Some have gone on to have good careers but Liverpool sign players to play for us not to develop them for others.

“Hopefully Joe Gomez will change that he’s an England U19 international and has performed well for Charlton Athletic so comes with a good pedigree.”

Signings

Gomez becomes Liverpool's fourth signing of the summer transfer window after James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan all moved on a free transfer.

Rodgers is certainly looking to tie up deals early and fend off any stiff competition as the Northern Irishman looks for significant improvement after finishing an underwhelming sixth in the Premier League this season.

Defence

There's no hiding that the Reds have not been good enough at the back over the past two years and they must learn to stop leaking silly goals.

Only Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace conceded more of those who finished in the top half of the table.

Emre Can was used as a centre-back for the most part of the campaign and although he faired well giving his all, he is not a natural defender and his future is within the middle of midfield. On plenty of occasions, Can surged forward, forgetting about his defensive duties and leaving large gaps.

At Carragher mentioned, Wisdom will now likely leave the club. He's spent the past two years on loan at Derby County at West Bromwich Albion. Widsom was a regular for West Brom under Alan Irvine at the start of the season, however, was used to minimal effect when Tony Pulis took the helm at the Hawthornes before the New Year.

Martin Skrtel has recently announced he will commit his long-term future to Liverpool which will have delighted his manager and the fans. Skrtel has been the Reds' most consistent defender over the past two season's and become the leader of the back line.

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