Liverpool stance on Joe Gomez future ahead of Nat Phillips talks

Liverpool stance on Joe Gomez future ahead of Nat Phillips talks


Liverpool will be looking to tie Joe Gomez to a new contract this summer despite ongoing speculation over his future with the Reds.

The 24-year-old, who is out of contract in 2024, has found his playing time limited at Anfield this season after returning from a serious knee injury in pre-season, making just seven Premier League appearances and 10 starts in all. competitions having fallen behind Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate in the pecking order to be Virgil van Dijk’s defensive partner.

With the majority of his playing time at right-back as a substitute for Trent Alexander-Arnold, the defender has been repeatedly linked with a move ahead of the 2022 World Cup, with the England international looking to earn a recall to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions team.

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But despite his lack of playing time this season, Gomez is still part of Liverpool’s plans with Anfield sources revealing the club have tasked Julian Ward with looking to tie the defender down to a new deal this summer. However, they appreciate that such a perspective might be easier said than done depending on how the defender views their own situation.

If Gomez signs a new contract at Anfield, it would increase the likelihood of Nat Phillips leaving permanently this summer. The defender, who shone for the Reds last year after suffering a central injury crisis, joined AFC Bournemouth on loan in January and has since helped them win promotion to the Premier League.

Liverpool received an initial loan of £1.5m from the Cherries and will now pocket a further £250,000 after including a promotion bonus as part of the deal. Meanwhile, ECHO understands there is plenty of interest in Phillips with Bournemouth keen to keep the defender.

The 25-year-old, who is set to make his final home loan appearance against Millwall on Saturday on the final day of the Championship season, would have thoroughly enjoyed his temporary move to the Cherries with club bosses delighted. with the success of the loan providing the playing time the defender needed.

Phillips remains under contract at Anfield for the foreseeable future after signing new terms last summer, and ECHO understands that talks will take place regarding his future after the end of the season once all parties have considered their position. And with Rhys Williams impressing Reds bosses after returning from loan with Swansea City in January, he is set to replace his fellow defender as Liverpool’s ‘fifth choice’ as centre-back.

Nike have officially released Liverpool’s new kit for the 2022/23 season today. The clean minimalist design will be the third designed by Nike after the acquisition of New Balance in 2020.

As always, the kit is available in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes which can be found and purchased from the official Liverpool FC club shop.

All official Liverpool FC club merchandise, including the new kit, can also be purchased at nike.com/liverpool-fc

Elsewhere, Liverpool are to no longer receive money from Rangers after ex-Red Ryan Kent helped Gers reach the Europa League final. ECHO understands that the club have already received all the money they are owed following the winger’s permanent move to Ibrox in 2019.

However, they could pocket a windfall this summer as the 25-year-old continues to be linked with a return to England before his contract with Rangers expires in 2023. A number of clubs are reportedly monitoring Kent’s situation with Liverpool set to pocket 20% of any profit the Scottish giants make on the winger after selling him for £7million.

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