Joe Gomez targeting centre back role for Liverpool in future

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The defender says a year playing for Charlton prepared him well for life at Anfield.

Speaking to the FA’s official website, Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has admitted that he is targeting a centre-back role at the club in the years to come.

The youngster was a summer signing from Charlton Athletic and despite many predicting that he would be one for the future, he has been put straight into the Liverpool first team, occupying a left-back berth in all of their games so far.

That has presented something of a challenge for the right-footed Gomez, although playing at full-back is helping him to fine tune areas of his game as he targets a more central spot further down the line.

“I’m just trying to learn and constantly challenge myself,” he told thefa.com.

“At Charlton, I was playing at right-back so I suppose it’s similar, but it is a bit different being on my weaker foot. But, it’s all helping me. I’d like to play centre-back eventually in the coming years, but it helps me positionally to play as a full-back.”

Charlton experience helped prepare for Liverpool 

It has been a meteoric rise to prominence for the youngster, who has quickly gone from the Charlton academy to a Premier League regular in just over a year - having made his debut for the Addicks in August 2014.

That period has seen him play across the defensive line, operating at both right-back and centre-back for the Addicks, where he made 24 appearances after breaking into the first team, and now left-back for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

He is thoroughly enjoying life on Merseyside, saying that a season playing first team football in the Championship has helped him to settle in and prepare for life at Anfield.

“It has been surprising for me. I got the chance to play for Charlton and I had the opportunity to go to Liverpool,” he added.

“That was something which I really couldn’t turn down and I’ve enjoyed it. They’ve made it really easy for me to settle in, but having that season playing first-team football in the Championship helped me prepare myself to go to Liverpool.”

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