Manager Jurgen Klopp has highlighted the “outstanding” progression of Joe Gomez in recent years after the 21-year-old signed a contract extension with Liverpool.
The young centre-back joined the Reds in 2015 and has gone from strength to strength, overcoming injuries to establish himself as one of England’s top defenders.
And his manager, who has been rewarded for shifting Gomez centrally this season with a string of fine performances from the No.12, thinks his player can only get better in years to come.
“It’s really nice news that makes a lot of sense to everyone involved,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Joe’s development and progression has been outstanding in the past couple of seasons and I only see his trajectory heading in an upward direction.
“He is so keen to learn and so keen to improve that I think his potential has no limit. Already this season we have seen him mature on the pitch and the credit for that goes 100 per cent to Joe himself for the attitude he has.
“His versatility is something that makes him even more valuable. He can play centre-half in almost any system you can think of, plus both full-back positions. It is no exaggeration to say he is one of England’s best defenders already, but when you keep in mind he is still very young the room for further improvement and development is just so exciting.
“Off the pitch, I think I recently described him as ‘the nicest boy on the planet’ – and I mean it. He is so humble, so grounded, that it is a pleasure for me, my staff and the other players to work with him every day at Melwood.
“I think Liverpool is the perfect home for him now. We benefit from each other – player and club. We are the perfect environment for him to achieve his full potential and he makes our team and squad stronger. I love how much he looks to learn from every person in our dressing room. He soaks up the experience, while at the same time finding his own path.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing him take his career to the next level. Of course at the moment he has this injury, but he has already made a big contribution to this season and I have zero doubt when he returns he’ll not skip a beat from the high level he was at.”