Liverpool are keen to reward Joe Gomez's stunning progress with a new long-term contract.

The Reds have opened discussions with the England defender's representatives in recognition of his outstanding form this term.

Gomez has formed an impressive centre-back partnership with Virgil van Dijk – playing a key role in the Reds' best start to a season defensively in the club's history.

The 21-year-old only signed his last contract in January 2017 but Jurgen Klopp believes his development since then deserves to be recognised and he will be offered improved terms.

Gomez has clocked up 53 appearances for Liverpool since arriving from Charlton Athletic for an initial fee of £3.5million in the summer of 2015.

Having been initially handed his debut by Brendan Rodgers, Gomez suffered a devastating setback within days of Klopp taking over as he ruptured his ACL playing for England Under-21s.

When he was closing in on a return to action a serious Achilles injury put him back on the treatment table. Gomez went 15 months without making a first-team appearance before making his comeback in January 2017.

Last season he clocked up 31 games for the Reds but suffered the agony of missing out on the Champions League final and the World Cup after undergoing ankle surgery in early May.

He worked tirelessly this summer to regain full fitness and has been a model of consistency so far this season. Gomez delivered another faultless display in Wednesday night's 4-0 rout of Red Star Belgrade.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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