It has been a great summer for Liverpool, who have made eight different but very exciting summer signings.
One of those signings was a young centre-half by the name of Joe Gomez, Liverpool bought the England-under-19 international from Championship side Charlton Athletic for £3.5 million.
The transfer didn't excite a lot of fans, with many believing that Gomez would be spending some time out on loan before perhaps getting a chance in the first team but now just days away before the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League begins, the 18-year-old Gomez already looks set to make his senior debut.
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Gomez impressed in Liverpool's pre-season with a series of good performances in defence that showed some of his strengths. One of those strengths, versatility, is what caught the eye of manager Brendan Rodgers.
"I've seen him at centre-half and at right-back, but I wanted to see him at left-back - and I thought he was outstanding." Rodgers said last month.
Impressing your manager gets you in the team, Gomez has certainly done that and could be in line to make his bow against Stoke City on the opening day.
However, that could be at the expense of current first choice left-back Alberto Moreno, the Spaniard joined from Sevilla last year and has had a mixed period at Liverpool; his attacking capabilities have been well-recieved but it is his defensive weaknesses that have earned him a lot of criticism.
If Gomez does indeed start against Stoke City, it would send a pressing message to his Spanish teammate about the need to improve.
Gomez himself is confident about his first team opportunities and says he would be ready to deliver if called upon.
"I just have to keep working hard to get in the team. That's my aim to try and play at Stoke" he said.
"If I do start then I'm confident in my ability and I'll do my best to help the team."
If he does start he'll be doing everything he can to reflect those words and once again, Liverpool might just have in their possession the next big thing.
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