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It’s been a great opportunity to learn from van Dijk – Gomez

It’s been a great opportunity to learn from van Dijk – Gomez

Liverpool defender, Joe Gomez has stated that it is a great opportunity for him to learn from a disciplined defender like Virgil van Dijk and he is quite fulfilled to have him train with him as he believes he is no obstacle to his development.

Van Dijk has become a regular member of Jurgen Klopp squad since he completed his world-record £75m move to Liverpool in January, further increasing the competition in Gomez’s preferred position of center-back.

The 20-year-old has played the majority of his football as a full-back so far this season but states that he is taking the full advantage of the privilege to learn from Van Dijk ahead of his eventual expected move into the middle.

He said: “I didn’t see it as blocking my path or anything like that. It’s a great opportunity to learn from him.”

“I am not overly stressing about it or paranoid about other people coming in. It’s great to be in environments where I can learn from players like that. I am just trying to soak it all up and be the best sponge I can be.

“I think he has a great presence, everyone sees that. He is very dominant in the way he plays and his body language shows that he has quality on the ball.”