Birthdate: 23 May 1997
Birthplace: Catford, London, England
Other clubs: Charlton Athletic
Bought from: Charlton Athletic
Signed for LFC: £6m, 20.06.2015
International caps: England U-16,17, 19
Liverpool debut: 09.08.2015
Last appearance: 28.01.2017
Contract expiry: 2022 (signed 27.01.2017)
Win ratio: 30% W:3 D:4 L:3
LFC league games/goals: 5 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 10 / 0
Player profileAs the 2015 summer transfer-window moved from its speculation stage into the stage where clubs would do real business Liverpool parted with a reported three and a half million pounds to recruit the Charlton Athletic teenager Joseph (Joe) Gomez. The fee will reportedly rise to six million pounds depending on number of appearances and team success. Although much was known about the three new signings who were out of contract at their previous clubs (Milner, Ings and Bogdán) Gomez was pretty much unknown outside the city he grew up in even though it is certain that Liverpool researched his background carefully before making their move.
It isn’t unusual for big clubs to sign young players. Raheem Sterling was only 15 years old when he arrived at Liverpool from Queens Park Rangers, Jordon Ibe (16 from Wycombe Wanderers) and Andre Wisdom (14 from Bradford City). Usually such signings are more for the future than the now. If they develop quickly their chances might come sooner rather than later. But unless a youngster is particularly talented he usually has to be patient and wait for his chance to come. This is probably what will apply in the case of Gomez who is originally a central defender but has been primarily used by Charlton Athletic as a right-back.
Gomez was born in the south-east London suburb of Catford and was attached to Charlton Athletic’s Academy as he entered his teenage years. So rapid was his progress that he even played for Charlton’s under-18 team when he was only thirteen years old! Although other clubs were soon showing an interest he stayed loyal to the club which had given him his chance to develop and signed his first professional contract on his 17th birthday. Belgian Bob Peeters was the Charlton manager who gave Gomez his senior debut, a League Cup-tie against Colchester United in the middle of August 2014. Although Peeters would not be the manager at the end of the season his successor, Israeli Guy Luzon, also picked Gomez regularly during the second half of the 2014/15 season. By the end of that season the young defender had appeared in 21 Championship matches and three domestic cup-ties.
Gomez surprisingly started the 2015-16 season as first choice left back and appeared in the opening five league games. He then dropped to the bench, his last time there as an unused substitute being away to Everton on 4th October. After that game Brendan Rodgers was dismissed as manager and Gomez went away on England U-21 duty where he ruptured his ligaments, meaning the rest of the season under new manager Jürgen Klopp was spent in rehabilitation. Despite a fifteen months' absence due to the injuries Klopp showed his faith in Gomez by offering him a new five-year contract in January 2017.
Appearances per season
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
|1||West Ham United|
|1||09.08.2015||Stoke City||Britannia St.||League|
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|Charlton Athletic||2014-2015||England Championship||21||0||24||0|