Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez has told the club’s official website what he’s found challenging about life at Anfield, following a move from Charlton Athletic.
The 18-year-old was recently announced as one of Brendan Rodgers’ first summer signings and he’s facing a big challenge in terms of breaking into the senior side at some point in the forthcoming campaign.
“I've enjoyed it. It's a step up and I've probably learned more this week than I have in a while,” he told lfctour.com.
“Straight away, you can see the change in intensity - high tempo and you've always got to be focused. It's teaching me little things. It's a lot more technical. I'm learning a lot.”
Embracing the challenge
What’s encouraging about Gomez is that he’s embracing the challenge at his new club, rather than allowing it to intimidate him.
That bodes well for the player and the club because it shows he’s got the mentality needed to deal with the various challenges which are created by trying to develop at one of the biggest clubs in the country.
The Liverpool coaches and Brendan Rodgers should recognise that and be impressed by that aspect of his personality.
Does he have a shot at the first team this coming season?
It’s going to be difficult for the teenager to break into the first team this season because there are more experienced options ahead of him in the pecking order.
Rodgers has more experienced options at centre half and a fresh player in the form of Nathaniel Clyne at right-back.
It’s not a major setback for such a young player and he just needs to make the most of the chances he gets regardless of the form they come in.