Liverpool academy graduate Rhys Williams has waxed lyrical about Reds teammate Joe Gomez for his talent, hard work and achievements on the pitch.
The 23-year-old joined Liverpool in 2015 under Brendan Rodgers’ watch and has developed into a superb player over the past few years.
To date, Gomez – who also played at full-back during his early days at Anfield – has made 121 competitive appearances for the Reds.
After a last-minute substitute appearance against Ajax, an injury to Fabinho during the Champions League clash with Midtjylland meant a sudden call for Williams to partner Gomez, a pairing used again for the 5-0 win at Atalanta.
Speaking to the Liverpool media team, Williams said: “Virg is a bit louder than Joe, but Joe leads in other ways – the way he is on the ball and he has got great physical ability.
“He can almost bully players into moving away from him, that makes his job a bit easier when he’s got no-one around him.
“On the ball as well, he is a great player. He finds passes that I want to add to my game. His pace as well, that is a great asset to have for a defender, there’s not a lot of defenders out there that can have his pace.
“I like playing next to Joe. He is a young lad as well, so obviously he’s learning every game but the experience he has got from such a young age helps me as well.
“Being 23 and having the accomplishments he’s had, it’s every credit to him. He has obviously worked hard, and he has had a few injuries and stuff, but to have done what he’s done by such a young age, it’s a credit to him.”
Virgil van Dijk may have got the lion’s share of attention as far as Liverpool centre-backs go, and at times it feels as though Gomez is somewhat underrated outside of Liverpool, but you can’t forget he’s still only 23 and has made over 100 appearances for the Reds, not to mention winning a multitude of trophies.
The Reds have had some troubles at the back in recent months but the likes of Williams and Nathaniel Phillips have stepped in superbly, not to mention Fabinho, who has done so well out of position, and as such, they’re still very much in the hunt for multiple trophies.
This experience will no doubt serve the likes of Williams and Phillips well in the coming years as Liverpool set about extending their glory days.