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Gomez on Switch to Centre-Back
Joe Gomez was signed as a centre-back three years ago, but injuries and a lack of experience in that position have seen him feature more as a full-back for the Reds.
“It’s somewhere I want to develop going forward. It was nice to get a positive result as well. I enjoy it.
“I know I can continue to learn and develop, and hopefully get more time there going forward.
“I got some decent exposure there in pre-season so that helped me in terms of transitioning back in there.
“Playing at full-back gives you insight into what you want your centre-half to do, position-wise.
“I wouldn’t say I totally switched off from it but pre-season did help in terms of bedding back in and getting used to it.
“I know which ball the full-back doesn’t want sometimes! You can give them a square pass and it’s not the best to deal with. It does help.”
How Liverpool Beat City to Van Dijk
Man City were also keen to acquire the Dutchman, but in a new Amazon Prime documentary, All or Nothing: Man City, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak told director of football Txiki Begiristain that he was unsure about the price:
“Come on, you cannot be serious.
“Ultimately, if it makes sense for us we will do it. If it doesn’t make sense, we are perfectly comfortable in walking away.
“To do that, there’s only a few clubs in the world that can do that.”
Liverpool ended up getting their man, showing the power they now possess in the transfer market—both financially and in terms of appeal.
Reds Snap up Highly Rated Ajax Teenager
The 16-year-old has been training with the Liverpool U18s but won’t be able to feature competitively until he gains international clearance.
That is expected to be sorted by the end of August.
More Praise for Keita
Former player, and excellent pundit, Danny Higginbotham is one of those to laud the Guinean’s impact—correctly pointing out the lazy assumption that Keita is a defensive-minded midfielder:
“It’s brilliant watching him because I think a lot of people looked at Keita and thought he was a defensive midfielder.
“He’s not, he’s anything but that, he loves to get forward and he is a real threat. At times it is going to be difficult to unsettle back fours and actually get in behind them but he creates space for others.
“Where Keita comes into his own is that teams are pushed so far back that he can get in these areas [between the opposition defence and midfield].
“I think he is going to bring more to the attack than the defensive side and what he does is that he provides another dynamic. I think he’s an outstanding signing.”
Liverpool’s U23s In Action