Liverpool will head into the new season full of confidence after an excellent end to the most recent campaign. The Reds surged into the Champions League final and secured a top four finish. Jurgen Klopp is now building for next season, with the recent acquisition of Fabinho from Monaco a massive statement of intent.
But the club need to improve in various positions. Goalkeeping issues are the main problem but Liverpool fans would also like to see the club improve the backline further.
However, there is certainly an argument for not signing any new central defenders. Instead, Liverpool should put their trust in youngster Joe Gomez. The 20-year-old underwent ankle surgery in May which left him out of World Cup contention and the Champions League final. He is scheduled to return in pre-season and Liverpool should show some faith in the player. The former Charlton Athletic youngster has proved both for Liverpool, and England, that he has what it takes to play at the highest level.
His performance against Brazil in March was sensational. In a back-three he had Neymar in his pocket. It was a display which highlighted just how good the talented defender can be.
Liverpool fans are not exactly fond of Rio Ferdinand, but Gomez looks every inch a young version of the former Manchester United defender.
Liverpool brought in Virgil van Dijk in January. That has proved to be a succesful addition to the ranks but to the tune of £75 million. Dejan Lovren’s performance’s have improved whilst Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan remain an option.
However, in the long run it must be Gomez that partners Van Dijk. If that does prove to be the case, then the 20-year-old could save Liverpool millions of pounds in the transfer market.
The season 2018-19 could be the year Gomez truly comes of age.