Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has revealed the reason why he opted to join the club over Manchester United and other potential suitors - Brendan Rodgers.
The 18-year-old defender, who can play at right-back or centre-back, joined the Reds ahead of the Red Devils and Arsenal. Newly-promoted Bournemouth also wanted to sign the teenager, according to talkSPORT.
However, the England youth international claims that Rodgers was a 'defining factor' when it came to deciding which club he would join from Charlton Athletic. After taking his time to make the final decision, he can't wait to play for a 'massive club'.
Gomez on Rodgers
"I met him and that was a defining factor. He was positive and has already shown he will give young players an opportunity," said Gomez, according to Eurosport.
"I thought carefully where would be the best place and give me the best chance to play - it was Liverpool.
"I can understand Charlton fans wanting me to stay another year - that it would be best for me to develop - but I'm ambitious and want to keep learning. Going to Liverpool was hard to turn down."
Gomez isn't satisfied playing the waiting game at Anfield this season though, and is setting himself the target of challenging for a first-team place under the manager who convinced him to move to Merseyside.
The £3.5million signing recognises that he's going to be under the media spotlight after joining one of the Premier League's biggest clubs, but the youngster is aiming to turn that into a positive and make an immediate impact.
"I understand it is a massive club and a step up from where I've been playing. There are a lot more challenges but I'm going in with the aim to challenge for a place, regardless of age," he added.
"I want to prove myself, take this opportunity with both hands and try to play. There is going to be a bigger spotlight but I've got to thrive under that and use it in a positive way."
Good record for Gomez
Gomez only signed his first professional contract at the Valley in 2014, making his debut in the Championship last season and appearing 24 times in all competitions.
He will now be looking to impress Rodgers on the training pitch during pre-season, and his comments will certainly make him an instant hit with Liverpool fans.
Liverpool fans, just how good do you think Gomez can be at Anfield? Let us know in the comments box below.
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