Liverpool's Joe Gomez admits to more involvement than he expected

Gomez has received praise for his first two appearances for the Reds.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has said he has been involved far more than he expected after playing the first two Premier League games of the season. 

The 18-year-old signed from Charlton Athletic in the summer for £3.5 million and has played out of position at left-back following his arrival, with his more natural position on the right side or at the heart of the defence.

Having started him at Stoke City, where the Reds avenged a 6-1 defeat from two and half months earlier, it showed a tremendous amount of faith has been instilled in him by manager Brendan Rodgers.

Gomez told the official Liverpool website: “It’s definitely been far more than I expected, to come in and play the first two games. I knew there was a possibility of me going out on loan, but this was the aim – to try to get into the team.

“I’m enjoying it and I’m happy to have played – and obviously we’ve got two good wins, so it’s been great so far.

“But it’s early doors and only two games into a long season, so I know there’s still a lot of hard work to be done. I have to keep working hard to try to stay in the team.”

The defender has received a few plaudits for his performances so far, especially given he is playing on the flank opposite to the one he is more comfortable on. 

One thing that is encouraging is that he seems to be focussed on the next game and not getting carried away with any praise he may be receiving. Instead the interview shows that he is pretty aware of what his strengths and weaknesses are and looks to work on them on the training ground. 

It will be interesting to see if he manages to hold his place in the side for much of the season, or whether he does get moved across the back line. One thing is for sure, he is highly thought of. 

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