Joe Gomez signs long-term deal with Liverpool, club confirm

Joe Gomez has signed a new long-term deal at Liverpool, the club have confirmed.

A source has told ESPN FC that Gomez, 19, has put pen to paper on a five-year contract that will last until the summer of 2022.

Gomez has fully now recovered from ACL and Achilles injuries that kept him on the sidelines for well over a year, and played both fixtures of the FA Cup third-round tie with Plymouth Argyle.

A source told ESPN FC that manager Jurgen Klopp considers Gomez to be the "real deal" and that his future lies at centre-half.

The versatile defender joined Liverpool from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2015 for £3.5 million and has made nine appearances in total for the Merseyside outfit.

There were suggestions that Gomez would spend parts of the 2016-17 season out on loan, but Klopp is adamant that the player has a role to play for Liverpool this campaign.

Earlier in the week, his Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho committed his future to the Reds by signing a five-year contract, which makes him the club's highest-paid player.