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Joe Gomez contract talks – LATEST

Virgil Van Dijk & Joe Gomez

Preliminary talks between Joe Gomez and Liverpool regarding a new and improved contract are underway.

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp wants the 21-year-old to be rewarded with better terms as a result of his outstanding performances so far this season which aren’t going unnoticed by others in the game.

Despite only inking a new contract in January 2017, Liverpool’s hierarchy are in agreement with the boss and discussions have already taken place with the player’s representatives.

Signed from Charlton Athletic for an initial fee of £3.5million in the summer of 2015, Gomez has formed an impressive centre-back partnership with team-mate Virgil van Dijk.

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Last month, Gomez was likened to World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore by BBC football pundit Garth Crooks.

Writing for the BBC, Crooks said: “If Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were the ‘finds’ of last season then I would argue that Liverpool’s Joe Gomez must be the ‘find’ of this season.

“The player’s calmness in defence is matched only by his simplicity on the ball. The central defender refuses to complicate the game and that is what I find so adorable about his performances.

“This player is a must for England, and I am really sorry to have to say this and put so much pressure on the lad, but he is the nearest thing I have seen to Bobby Moore for years.”