Joe Gomez is the real deal

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When Brendan Rodgers decided to start with 18-year-old Joe Gomez ahead of £12 million Spaniard Alberto Moreno in the opening game of the season at Stoke City, many Liverpool fans were left fearing that the youngster could be exposed.

Three games on, and with three clean sheets to his name, fans of the Merseyside club have forgotten about Moreno and now recognise Gomez as Liverpool's first choice left back.

The summer signing from Charlton has surprised many with his performances, and received great praise from his manager and former players alike. Gomez possesses speed, strength and the ability to read the game well.


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Out of position

What makes this young talent even more appealing to the Liverpool fans is the fact that Gomez is playing out of position.

Originally used as a centre-back or right-back, Gomez has made the left-back position look perfectly natural to him, and tucks in well to cover Liverpool's ever unreliable Dejan Lovren.

On the other side, Nathaniel Clyne is a similar player and the two full-backs have received rave reviews for their performances so far this term.

It was intriguing to see how Gomez would deal with Arsenal's bright, attacking players, but he did not look out of place and performances like this will continue to endear him to the passionate Liverpool fans.


So good in fact, have Gomez's performances been, that he has been rewarded with a call-up to the England Under-21 squad that will be taking on USA's Under-23 side next month.

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