Joe Gomez (footballer)

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Joe Gomez
LFC Parade 2019 01 Joe Gomez.jpg
Gomez with the victory parade following Liverpool's win in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final
Personal information
Full name Joseph Dave Gomez[1]
Date of birth (1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Catford, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[3]
Playing position(s) Centre back[4]
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 12
Youth career
2007–2014 Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Charlton Athletic 21 (0)
2015– Liverpool 77 (0)
National team
2012 England U16 2 (0)
2013–2014 England U17 19 (0)
2014–2015 England U19 4 (0)
2015–2017 England U21 7 (0)
2017– England 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:53, 24 October 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:34, 8 October 2020 (UTC)

Joseph Dave Gomez (born 23 May 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Liverpool and the England national team.

Gomez began his career at Charlton Athletic, breaking into the first team at 17 and playing one full senior season before joining Liverpool in June 2015. After establishing himself as a first-team regular, Gomez struggled with injuries, but appeared in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final as Liverpool won the competition. He played in the final of the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup with Liverpool winning the competition for the first time in the club's history. He was part of the side that won the 2019–20 Premier League, Liverpool's first league title in 30 years.

Gomez has represented England at every level and played every minute of every match when England won the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. He made his debut for the England senior team in November 2017.

Club career[edit]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

Gomez warming up for Charlton Athletic in 2015

Gomez was born in Catford, Greater London[5] to a Gambian father and an English mother.[6] He joined the academy at nearby Charlton Athletic at the age of 10,[7] making his debut for the club's under-18 team at just 13 years old.[8] Despite strong interest from other clubs,[9] Gomez signed his first professional contract with Charlton in October 2014.[10] His senior debut came under manager Bob Peeters in a 4–0 League Cup victory over Colchester United at The Valley on 12 August 2014, playing the full 90 minutes as the right back.[11][12] A week later he made his league debut in a 3–2 home win against Derby County in the Championship.[citation needed] Gomez went on to make 24 appearances during his first season including 18 starts, both at right back and in his preferred position of centre back.[citation needed]

Liverpool[edit]

Gomez lining up for Liverpool in 2017

On 20 June 2015, Premier League club Liverpool signed Gomez on a five-year contract for a fee of £3.5 million.[13][14] He made his debut against Stoke City on 9 August, starting as a left back in a 1–0 win, assisting Philippe Coutinho's match-winning goal in the 86th minute.[15]

On 13 October 2015, Gomez suffered a season ending anterior cruciate ligament injury while playing for England U21.[16] A full year later, Gomez returned to full first-team training on 13 October 2016.[17] On 13 November, Gomez played 45 minutes in a behind closed doors friendly.[18]

On 8 January 2017, Gomez made his first start in official first-team match since the injury, in FA Cup tie against Plymouth Argyle.[19]

2017–18 season[edit]

On 23 August 2017, Gomez made his European debut, in a 4–2 win over Hoffenheim in the UEFA Champions League play-off.[20] Due to the injury of Nathaniel Clyne, Gomez was the first choice right back for the first half of the season; even starting in games against rivals Arsenal and Manchester United; against the former he assisted the first goal in an eventual 4–0 win, and his performance against the latter receiving praise from fans.[21][22][23][24]

In late March 2018, it was confirmed how Gomez would miss the next few games as a result of suffering an injury during an international friendly game.[25] In May 2018, Gomez underwent surgery to his ankle injury, with Liverpool confirming via their official website that Gomez wouldn't play in Liverpool's last fixtures of the season, including the 2018 UEFA Champions League final.[26] Overall, Gomez made 31 appearances across the season for Liverpool.[27]

2018–19 season[edit]

As a result of the doubtful fitness of regular first-team defenders Dejan Lovren and Joël Matip, Gomez played as first-choice centre back in Liverpool's first games of the season alongside Virgil van Dijk, receiving praise for his performances and receiving the man of the match for his performance in a 2–1 win over Leicester City on 1 September.[28][29][30] He continued to feature in defence for the club during the opening half of the season before suffering a fractured leg in December following a challenge by Burnley defender Ben Mee. In February of the following year, he underwent surgery in an attempt to assist his recovery from the injury.[31] Regaining fitness in April, Gomez made a substitute appearance for Liverpool in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final, which the club won.[32]

2019–20 season[edit]

Gomez began the next season deputising for the in-form Joël Matip, who had become a mainstay alongside Virgil van Dijk during Gomez's injury layoff the previous season. Gomez found himself recalled to the starting lineup following injury problems for Matip, and earned praise after a slew of clean sheets in the Winter months as Liverpool extended a significant lead at the top of the Premier League table. Gomez was singled out for praise for his leadership and composure during a 1–0 victory over rivals Everton in the FA Cup in January; a match in which Gomez was the only senior player in the back-line after James Milner's early departure.[33]

International career[edit]

Gomez playing for England U19 in 2015

Gomez has been capped by England at under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels.[34] In May 2014, he was part of the squad that won the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Malta, playing every minute of England's five matches and being named in UEFA's team of the tournament.[35]

On 25 August 2015, he received his first call-up to the under-21 squad.[36] On 30 August 2017, Gomez was announced as England U21 captain ahead of the qualifying campaign for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[37]

He received his first call-up to the England senior squad in November 2017.[38] He made his England debut against Germany at Wembley Stadium in a friendly match, coming on as a substitute to replace Phil Jones in a 0–0 draw.[39] Gomez received a man of the match award in the following game for his performance against Brazil, earning praise for a number of crucial interceptions, and with his ability to nullify the threat of the current world record transfer holder, Neymar.[40]

Style of play[edit]

Gomez prefers to play as a centre back but can also play as a full back on either side.[41] He has been described as a complete footballer and composed ball-playing centre back with his style of play being compared to that of Rio Ferdinand whom he idolised growing up.[42][43] Gomez is also noted for his athleticism, pace and strength; he is able to produce powerful and dangerous runs up-field on the counter-attack and in defence is rarely physically dominated by an opponent.[35][43][44]

Personal life[edit]

Gomez met his fiancée, Tamara, in 2014, on a bus on his way to school. They live together in Formby, on the outskirts of Liverpool. They had a son, Kyrie in 2018.[45] Gomez is a cousin of Bolton Wanderers forward Muhammadu Faal.[46]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 24 October 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Charlton Athletic 2014–15[47] Championship 21 0 1 0 2 0 24 0
Liverpool 2015–16[48] Premier League 5 0 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 7 0
2016–17[49] Premier League 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
2017–18[27] Premier League 23 0 1 0 1 0 6[b] 0 31 0
2018–19[50] Premier League 16 0 0 0 0 0 9[b] 0 25 0
2019–20[51] Premier League 28 0 2 0 2 0 7[b] 0 4[c] 0 43 0
2020–21[52] Premier League 5 0 0 0 1 0 1[b] 0 1[d] 0 8 0
Total 77 0 6 0 4 0 25 0 5 0 117 0
Career total 98 0 7 0 6 0 25 0 5 0 141 0
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c d Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ One appearance in FA Community Shield, one in UEFA Super Cup, two in FIFA Club World Cup
  4. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 8 October 2020[53]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2017 2 0
2018 4 0
2019 2 0
2020 3 0
Total 11 0

Honours[edit]

Liverpool

England U17

England

Individual

  • UEFA European Under-17 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2014[35]

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