29 Jan 2017

Done Deal: Liverpool seal deal for €7m sensation hailed by Klopp as 'incredible'; Inside 'source' confirms 5-year contract

Liverpool have tied down another of the club's young players on a long-term deal.

According to a statement on the official LFC website:

"Liverpool FC can confirm Joe Gomez has today committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term contract...which will come into effect from July 1, 2017".

ESPN further adds:

"A source has told ESPN FC that the deal is a five-year contract. A source also told ESPN FC that manager Jurgen Klopp considers Gomez to be the "real deal" and that his future lies at centre-half".

Reacting to the deal, Gomez enthused:

“It’s massive. It means a lot to me – it’s a massive gesture from the club to show that trust and faith in me. That’s why it was so important I did the same and done it so quickly, because I’m very happy here".

With the greatest respect, I just don't get it. Why does Gomez deserve a new 5-year deal? What exactly has he done in the game? What happened to actually achieving something and earning a new contract through consistently good performances? Gomez signed for 5 years in 2015, so where's the fire?

This is typical Liverpool. In the recent past, the club has been too quick to hand players long contracts (Jose Enrique, for example), and then found it difficult to get out of them later. I'm not suggesting that Gomez will turn out to be a busted flush, but he's only 19! Giving teenagers long contracts before they've achieved anything (or earned it) is a counterproductive policy, and can (IMO) dull competitive edge.

Klopp has been falling over himself to heap praise Rodgers-esque praise on Gomez recently, hailing him as (amongst other things), 'incredible', and 'unbelievable', but based on what: Training? I just can't see what all the hype is about, and now, there's no need for Gomez to bust a gut to achieve a new contract because he's already been handed one for excelling at...recovering from injury. The mind boggles.

To be clear: I don't have an issue with Gomez, and hope he lives up to the hype; my issue is with irresponsibly handing teenagers massive, long unearned contracts.

Consider the following alternative: Liverpool reward Gomez with a pay-rise for his development over the last year; Klopp then challenges him to develop further and become a first team regular, with the promise of a new contract if/when certain development goals are met.

What exactly is so wrong with a reasonable, sustainable policy like this?

* Gomez: €7m-rated (CIES)


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