Blooding Joe Gomez is Brendan Rodgers’ best decision this season

Brendan Rodgers

The Northern Irish manager has showed no fear in dropping the teenager in at the deep end and has been duly rewarded.

Liverpool have started the new season in positive fashion, with hard-fought 1-0 wins over Stoke and Bournemouth being followed up by a progressive display in their 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Monday night.

The Reds have had a significant change in personnel over the summer, with Brendan Rodgers having to deal with the departure of club legend Steven Gerrard and brightest star Raheem Sterling.

Of the new recruits that have been added to the Anfield contingent, few expected former Charlton youngster Joe Gomez to make much of an impression this season.

However, after proving himself in pre-season, Rodgers has selected the 18-year-old at left-back in each of the Reds’ first three Premier League games instead of the inconsistent Alberto Moreno.

Full-back was an area of concern for the Merseysiders last term, with the Spaniard taking time to adjust to English football on the left and no obvious choice to fill the role on the right.

With the acquisitions of Gomez and Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool look like a much more rounded team and are yet to concede in their first three games.

The left-back in particular has caught the eye, with the teenager fitting into the first team seamlessly and taking the rigours of Premier League football in his stride.

Rodgers must be commended for his faith in Gomez and bravery in giving the young star his chance.

The Northern Irishman has played a key role in developing the likes of Sterling, Jordon Ibe and Jon Flanagan during his tenure at Anfield, with Gomez looking like a player that will be integral to the club’s chance of Champions League qualification this season and long into the future.

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