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28th Aug 2015

Brendan Rodgers is full of praise for this unlikely Liverpool star

Simon Lloyd

Joe Gomez caught the eye in Liverpool’s goalless draw at Arsenal, and his new manager is already a big fan.

A summer signing from Charlton Athletic, the 18-year-old has a bright future ahead of him according to Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, who has been impressed by Gomez’s performances in a position he is far from used to playing.

“He’s playing in his third-best position in the back four,” Rpdgers said. “He’s a centre-half, but we asked him if he had confidence to play on the left side.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Joe Gomez of Liverpool takes on Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Gomez has already represented England at under-19 level, and following an assured start to his Liverpool career, Rodgers is well aware of the youngster’s calibre.

“You’ve seen from the three games, he’s a wonderful athlete. He’s fast, he’s a good size, but he’s also got a good football brain.

“He’s a very, very good personality to play at this level, he’s very humble.

“He knows he’s still got a lot to learn, but we know we’ve got an outstanding talent.”

Forming part of a defence that has yet to concede in Liverpool’s three league games, the youngster looks set to continue at left back when Liverpool host West Ham.