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Jurgen Klopp: 'Joe Gomez can be a Liverpool mainstay'

Klopp: 'Gomez can be a Liverpool mainstay'
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that versatile defender Joe Gomez has the ability to remain at the club for "the next 15 years".

Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on "fantastic" Joe Gomez and insisted that the versatile defender can remain a part of the Liverpool fold for "the next 15 years".

The 20-year-old was voted Man of the Match on his full debut for the England senior side against Brazil in midweek, keeping out the world's second-best international side in a goalless friendly at Wembley Stadium.

Gomez, brought to Liverpool from Charlton Athletic for an initial £3.5m two years ago, has nailed down a spot in the Reds' backline this season, and Klopp confirmed that he will start the youngster at right-back against Southampton on Saturday.

Asked if Gomez could become more of a regular at centre-back in the future, Klopp told reporters: "There is no doubt about that. Joe knows about his little issues but he is still a young lad.

"He has to improve in a lot of parts but of course he is ready. He is a fantastic player. He was injured in a time in his life when people are still growing and that is a medical thing. We want to have him for the next 15 years, hopefully.

"Was he a professional player at Charlton? Okay, so he is not a one-team player but we want to have him here for a long, long time. I want to use him. He is ready but he can play at full-back as well. That is very good for us."

Gomez has featured 12 times for Liverpool in all competitions this season, including nine times in the Premier League.

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