Liverpool's Joe Gomez reveals why he joined the club and discusses challenges ahead

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Gomez is one of a number of additions made by Liverpool in this transfer window, and he is targeting a place in the side.

New Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has been talking to the club's official website about his motives for leaving Charlton Athletic for Anfield this summer, and said that manager Brendan Rodgers was one of the main reasons for moving to Merseyside.

Gomez said: "I met him [Rodgers] and that was a defining factor. He was positive and has already shown he will give young players an opportunity.

"I thought carefully where would be the best place and give me the best chance to play - it was Liverpool."

Gomez signed after a fee of around £3.5 million was agreed between the two clubs but it seems as though he will face plenty of competition if he is going to get among the first-team places on a semi-regular basis at Anfield.

Luckily for Gomez, he is a versatile player who can play both in central defence and on the right side, much like fellow youngster Andre Wisdom who has recently signed a new contract at the club, but in the past two seasons has had loan spells away from the Reds. That may well be the route Gomez goes down for the upcoming season.

With Nathaniel Clyne set to arrive from Southampton in the very near future, as per the Daily Star, it seems the right-back role will be his but there could be competition to be his deputy, while Brendan Rodgers has plenty to think about when it comes to his central defensive options - an area of the side that has been problematic ever since the retirement of Jamie Carragher.

Gomez added on the club’s official website: "There are a lot more challenges but I'm going in with the aim to challenge for a place, regardless of age.

"I want to prove myself, take this opportunity with both hands and try to play. There is going to be a bigger spotlight but I've got to thrive under that and use it in a positive way."

In the early stages of the season, there could be opportunities for Gomez to try and force his way into the side during the group stages of the Europa League, as Liverpool may rotate their ranks during that competition in order to keep the first XI fresh for the demands of the Premier League.

It wouldn't be surprising to see him get the odd game in the early part of the season and perhaps leave on loan in the second half of the campaign, depending on the amount of games Liverpool will have to play.

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