Joe Gomez has a little bit of extra motivation as he rehabilitates from a long-term leg injury.
Liverpool announced Monday morning it had signed the 21-year-old defender to a new long-term contract, though terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Signing this new deal means the world to me, Gomez told Liverpool’s website. “I’ve been at the club a few years now and have had the pleasure to play for Liverpool and experience what that means, so I am delighted to get the chance to extend my contract here.
“I love the club, I love playing and learning here, and I am happy for that to continue.”
Gomez joined Liverpool as an 18-year-old graduate of Charlton’s academy and quickly began to turn heads, despite a rough run of injuries. Gomez missed nearly a year with a torn ACL and has had other minor setbacks. But playing alongside Virgil Van Dijk appears to have brought out the best in the young Englishman.
With Gomez injured, Liverpool has turned to Joel Matip alongside Van Dijk in central defense. The good news is Gomez is expected to come back sooner than expected sometime in 2019.