Joe Gomez signed a new contract at Liverpool this week, and the Reds have got to be pleased with that. Having moved to the club as a young player, he’s come on leaps and bounds under Jurgen Klopp, and few could argue against the suggestion that he’s the ideal man to sit in the heart of the Liverpool defence looking forward.
There is more work to be done for the contract department and Jurgen Klopp, however, as one of the Reds’ most useful players is still on the verge of an Anfield exit.
James Milner’s contract at Liverpool expires in the summer, and based on current form, losing him would be bad news for the club.
Milner began the season as one of the best players in a Liverpool shirt, and whilst he has dropped off somewhat, his talent remains. He’s a relentless runner, and despite his age, he’s got more energy than most. He’s able to make an impact at both ends of the field, with his range of passing and goalscoring touch making him a useful asset moving forward, whereas his tackling and work ethic makes him useful for the imperious Liverpool defence.
He proved on Tuesday against Napoli that he’s still capable of a big performance, and there have been no signs that he’s dropping off at all.
He’s also a leader, which has been exemplified when he’s been the captain of the side on numerous occasions since he moved to Anfield. With age comes experience, after all, and he’s got it in droves. With Liverpool continuing to reduce the average age of the squad, elder statesmen are being moved on in favour of young talent. There needs to be a balance, though, and Milner would serve as the ideal counterweight.
The reality is that he’s not going to be able to be a regular for Liverpool for years and years, but he doesn’t need to be. He’s played more of a rotational role at the club, and that can continue for a few years yet. He’s still got enough in the tank.