Honours: Champions League (2019), UEFA Super Cup (2019), FIFA Club World Cup (2019)
A classy, unflappable defender who can operate anywhere across the backline, Joe Gomez has overcome serious injury setbacks to become a Champions League winner and key member of Liverpool’s squad by the age of just 22.
Signed from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2015, Gomez has featured regularly for the Reds at centre-back, right-back and left-back.
Handed his senior debut for Liverpool on the opening day of the 2015-16 season, aged just 18, Gomez sustained a serious knee injury while on international duty with England U21s shortly after Jürgen Klopp’s arrival in October 2015.
After a 17-month spell on the sidelines, Gomez returned to action in January 2017, and signed a new long-term contract with the club that same month.
The following campaign, 2017-18, saw Gomez make 31 appearances for the Reds as they reached the Champions League final, where they lost out to Real Madrid.
An outstanding start to 2018-19, during which he primarily partnered Virgil van Dijk at the heart of Klopp’s defence, was rewarded with another new deal in December 2018, although his progress had been stymied by a lower-leg fracture sustained a week before he put pen to paper.
Gomez returned to fitness in April, and featured in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Champions League as Liverpool went one better than 12 months earlier by beating Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.
The defender has represented England through the age groups and is now an established member of his country’s senior squad.