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Joe Gomez: Why I looked up to Man United legend

The Liverpool FC defender reveals that he was a big of Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
Liverpool FC defender Joe Gomez Photo: New Balance

Joe Gomez has revealed that he looked up to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand as a “ball-playing” centre-half.

The England international has become a regular in the Liverpool FC team under Jurgen Klopp this season following his return from a serious knee problem at the start of the campaign.

Gomez was sidelined for almost 24 months with a serious knee problem which occurred a matter of days after Klopp’s appointment as Brendan Rodgers’s replacement.

The 20-year-old earned his first England call-up earlier this month and made his debut in a goalless draw with world champions Germany before the promising Liverpool FC defender was handed his first start in a 0-0 stalemate with Brazil at Wembley.

Gomez has established himself as one of Klopp’s most consistent defenders over the past few months despite Liverpool FC’s well-documented injury problems at the back.

The German coach has utilised Gomez largely as a right-back despite the suggestion that his best position is at centre-half.

And Gomez appeared to hint that he views himself in a more central role long-term after the Liverpool FC star revealed that Manchester United legend Ferdinand was his idol.

“For me, coming to Liverpool I knew how big Jamie Carragher was, how crucial he was over the years and the number of appearances he made and so on,” Gomez told The Sport Review.

“But in terms of playing style it would probably be Rio Ferdinand in the way that he played. How he was a ball-playing centre-half and so on. I looked up to him for that aspect.”

Liverpool FC will make the trip to Stoke City in their next Premier League game on Wednesday night.

Joe Gomez was speaking to The Sport Review on behalf of New Balance at the launch of the NB|LFC CXXV Sportswear range. To see the special range in full, visit the official Liverpool FC online store.

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