Liverpool supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side go top of the Premier League at the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their encounter with high-flying Bournemouth having won 12 and drawn the other three of their opening 15 league games, sitting just two points behind leaders and defending champions Manchester City. And the Reds moved top of the pile with a routine 4-0 success at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, with Mo Salah’s hat-trick inspiring the visitors to all three points, a victory which saw them usurp Pep Guardiola’s Citizens following their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea later that day.
As such, there have been many buoyant Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for even more from their side as the season goes on, what with it arguable that the Reds haven’t quite hit top form so far this term.
But one reason why they are sat top of the pile is because of how much better they have been defensively, with England international Joe Gomez, who is set to miss the coming weeks due to injury, playing a key part in their defensive brilliance so far this season.
And it was former manager Brendan Rodgers who lured the centre back to Anfield for a paltry £4.41 million (as per Transfermarkt) back in the summer of 2015, but with the Northern Irishman relieved of his duties just a few months later, that under-the-radar deal, given they signed the likes of Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke that summer, is certainly proving to be one of his shrewdest in charge of the Merseyside giants.
Ultimately, the now-Celtic boss enjoyed a solid stint in charge of Liverpool between 2012 and 2015, leading the club towards a title challenge in the 2013/14 campaign only to fall short to City, with late season slip ups against Chelsea and Crystal Palace costing the Reds dear.
Yet Rodgers began the 2015/16 season with much to prove after their ultimately disappointing sixth place finish the campaign before, with Gomez one of several players lured to Merseyside in a bid to bolster the ranks ahead of the new season.
The 21-year-old began his senior career at Charlton Athletic after coming up through the youth ranks at the Valley, only for Rodgers to land the young defender in the summer of 2015 following his debut season in professional football – he appeared 24 times for the Addicks in 2014/15.
And while he was always unlikely to be a signing for the immediate present, he has since turned out to be an absolute revelation in becoming one of the best defenders at Anfield and thus a key part of their recent defensive resurgence – he probably would have gone to the World Cup with England were it not for injury last summer.
The 21-year-old appeared 31 times in all competitions for Klopp’s side last term as they clinched another top four finish in the Premier League, alongside reaching the Champions League final, but it is this season in which he has really gone from strength to strength with 12 starts in the league for the Reds, in which time they have kept an impressive eight clean sheets.
Thus, it’s plainly obvious just how integral Gomez has been to Klopp’s side in the last 12 months or so – this all after making the bargain move to Anfield under Rodgers back in 2015.
Yes, the 21-year-old didn’t feature too readily under Rodgers prior to his sacking in October 2015, but it’s clear that the Northern Irishman left Klopp with a parting gift in the England international, in what was without doubt one of his shrewdest deals in charge of the Reds.
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