Gomez closing in on new five-year contract at Liverpool

Discussions with the centre-back over extending his stay at Anfield have progressed well with the Reds boss keen on advancing his development

Joe Gomez is set to follow Philippe Coutinho by committing his long-term future to Liverpool as talks are advanced over a new deal. 

Negotiations over fresh terms until 2022 have been driven by Jurgen Klopp, who is enthused by the role the 19-year-old can play at Anfield in the coming years. 

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And as was the case with the Brazil international, the Reds want to wrap up formalities quickly. 

Gomez started the FA Cup hosting of Plymouth Argyle as well as the replay at Home Park as he builds up his sharpness following the anterior crucial ligament rupture he suffered in October 2015, with his rehabilitation process then set back by tendinopathy of the Achilles during the summer.

The centre-back was also on the bench for the first-leg of the League Cup semi-final at Southampton and the 1-1 top-flight draw away to Manchester United.

Gomez made seven appearances for Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers in 2015-16, in which he operated at left-back, after signing from Charlton.

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Also able to play on the right flank, the England Under-21’s versatility, athleticism, strength, reading of the game and composure on the ball are all elements Klopp greatly admires. 

Liverpool have batted away loan requests for Gomez as they look to continue furthering his advancement on Merseyside.