Joe Gomez admits meeting Brendan Rodgers proved to be a 'defining factor' in his decision to join Liverpool from Charlton Athletic this summer.

The Reds wrapped up a swoop for the 18-year-old earlier this month, ensuring he'll join fellow new faces James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and Roberto Firmino within the ranks ahead of the new campaign.

Gomez concedes it was with a heavy heart he made the decision to leave the Addicks, but insists moving to Anfield was an opportunity he simply could not pass up.

The defender said: "I met him [Rodgers] and that was a defining factor. He was positive and has already shown he will give young players an opportunity.

"I thought carefully where would be the best place and give me the best chance to play - it was Liverpool.

"I can understand Charlton fans wanting me to stay another year - that it would be best for me to develop - but I'm ambitious and want to keep learning. Going to Liverpool was hard to turn down.

"I had my mind set on Liverpool and tried not to let the talk of other clubs distract me. I didn't really focus too much on anything else.

"My family came up with me because they all had a part to play. They supported me. I wanted them to be there because they have helped me a lot."

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Gomez, an England youth international, played 24 times for Charlton in 2014-15.

Though still firmly in the fledgling stage of his career, the Londoner is adamant he won't be daunted by the prospect of stepping up to life at Liverpool.

"I understand it is a massive club and a step up from where I've been playing," added Gomez. "There are a lot more challenges but I'm going in with the aim to challenge for a place, regardless of age.

"I want to prove myself, take this opportunity with both hands and try to play. There is going to be a bigger spotlight but I've got to thrive under that and use it in a positive way."

Gomez progressed through the age groups at Charlton before making the first-team grade.

It's with that firmly in mind he admits the club will always hold deep significance for him.

Gomez said: "I 100 per cent want Charlton fans to know I didn't want to leave on bad terms. I want them to understand how much I appreciated their support. It was important I committed to the club at the time - I wanted to play for them and stay. That's why I signed long-term. But this opportunity came up and I felt I wanted to go.

"Charlton have played a massive part in helping me. I wouldn't have got this chance - or be the player I am - without the club. I've got to give them all my thanks.

"Not just Steve Avory but just generally, all the staff and players have helped me in my time there."