Brendan Rodgers good to learn from, says Liverpool’s Joe Gomez

The young defender is also keeping his feet firmly on the ground after a whirlwind year.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool defender Joe Gomez says his manager Brendan Rodgers is good for him to learn from and develop under.

The youngster was signed from Charlton Athletic over the summer, one of a number of new faces to arrive at Anfield in a busy transfer window for the club.

Most had anticipated that he would slot into the development squad with an eye on the future, but instead he has found himself thrust in as a first team regular, starting all of the Reds’ four Premier League games at left-back.

And he says that manager Rodgers is an ideal mentor for him as he continues to work on his game.

“I know I am still young and people can be wary of putting in young players,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“But the gaffer at Liverpool is good at managing young players and giving me advice. The likes of Gareth [Southgate], Brendan back at Liverpool - they are all good to learn from. I think I am in the right place to learn, and hopefully I can keep moving forward.”

Focused on improving after rapid rise

The youngster is keeping his feet firmly on the ground, though, after a whirlwind year has seen him rise from the youth ranks at Charlton to the top-four battle in the Premier League.

He only made his debut for the Addicks in August last year, going on to make just 24 appearances for them in the Championship before his eventual move to Liverpool.

It has been a meteoric rise for the 18-year-old, who still has a lot to learn to become an established Premier League defender for the Reds, and he says he is just looking to continue improving by taking things step by step.

“I have just been trying to take it one step at a time,” he added.

“It has been positive and I’m constantly trying to improve. Looking back there has been a lot of progression but from here I have loads more to do because I am so young and there is so much to learn to improve myself as a player.”

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