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Potential Consequences: Joe Gomez’s latest Liverpool contract agreement

It’s been a great season for Liverpool, and over the last couple of days, it’s gotten even better. On Saturday, the Reds were able to comfortably dispatch of Bournemouth, with Jurgen Klopp’s men putting in one of their best performances of the season, whilst they also progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

On Monday, things got better for the club too, with defender Joe Gomez agreeing a new contract at Anfield.

Gomez has enjoyed a brilliant season so far, and alongside the likes of Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk, he’s been part of a brilliant and resolute Liverpool defence.

By offering him a new deal, Liverpool have given fans an insight into what else could be coming over the next few months and, indeed, years at Anfield. His retention is sure to have some overarching consequences at the club.

With that said, here are TWO potential consequences to Joe Gomez’s new contract at Liverpool…

Defensive Stability

Joe Gomez’s new deal aligns him with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and even Andy Robertson in having long-term contracts at Anfield – even if Robertson deserves a slightly extended stay based on current form.

That’s clearly been a conscious decision from the Reds. They’ve tied down their core group of defenders, and that indicates that Jurgen Klopp has found the individuals that he wants to make up his defence for the foreseeable future.

So, for the first time in a long time, Liverpool could finally have some long-term defensive stability, with Gomez at the heart of it.

When you add Alisson to the mix, the quality that the Reds will have in defence over the coming years will be huge.

Anfield Departures

Joe Gomez has come into the team and looked tremendous, and he’s enjoyed what has undeniably been his best year yet this term. The Englishman has formed a great partnership with Virgil van Dijk, and at this point, it looks clear that barring any injuries or suspensions, Gomez and van Dijk will be the duo going forward.

So, that mean that for Liverpool’s other central defenders, regular football is unlikely, and so could a few departures be forthcoming?

Dejan Lovren is an obvious candidate, as is Joel Matip – though in the case of the latter, perhaps he’d be happy to sit on the bench at this point in his career. It could also have an impact on the short-term future of young Nathaniel Philips, who looked so good during the summer.

Either way, this is a sign of what direction Jurgen Klopp wants to take his defence, and that’s bad for a few other players.

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