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Name Joe Gomez
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
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Org England National Team
Club as Player Liverpool FC
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2020 04 28 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk is a dominant force and Liverpool team-mate Joe Gomez relishes being able to play alongside him] I’ve said it before, but the stature of Virgil before he came to the club was massive. I was a young centre-back, hadn’t really gotten as many games [at Liverpool] as I would have liked but as soon as he came in, he reached out with open arms and we formed a bond straight away. The fact that he is a down-to-earth person off the pitch, we get on really well and we have a great relationship. We talk and in times like this, we FaceTime and speak about general things so that helps on the pitch when you have an understanding. He’s your mate at the end of the day. Sometimes he gives me an earful, but it’s a massive help and a confidence booster just having someone like him beside you. When there’s a one-on-one battle, you know he’s going to dominate, he doesn’t really lose headers at all. Just having him alongside you and his presence, it’s not just me, it’s the whole team and the stadium. When Virgil goes down, I think there is a bit of a gasp and a worry but he’s a real dominant force and a pleasure to play alongside

Football was all I knew and looking back, it was daunting. It’s a massive club and to be honest, I don’t think I realised the stature of the club and what I was getting in to in terms of the expectation. But I think you have to take it head on and you have to accept that when you don’t perform, you have to take it on the chin and there’s going to be backlash – not in the negative sense, but just through expectation. Around the club, it has such a strong history and you have to uphold that. I think as soon as I went into pre-season, I realised the size of the club. I was used to staying in the UK and going for a training camp somewhere, but in my first Liverpool pre-season, we went to Thailand. We turned up to the hotel and it was ridiculous, security everywhere and hundreds of people. Straight away from there, I realised. We then flew to Australia and played against Brisbane Roar and the stadium was packed. That was the first time I heard ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and I thought, ‘Yeah, this is a different scale

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[Joe Gomez has warned Liverpool’s rivals that the Reds will be even stronger for a coronavirus-enforced break] We’ve had to reach out as individuals and really stay connected by choice. That’s when you grow fonder of each other and closer because it’s been a tough time that we’ve come through together. It has been beneficial in that sense, that as a team we’ve been so connected and kept communication through the whole thing. I think having that time apart, to then come together again last week made it feel that much more special. Yeah, obviously it’s different. We’re so used to having a structured schedule – at the start of the season you’re given your fixtures for the whole year. As individuals, we have to adapt and take it a day at a time, literally. But I don’t think that’s much different to the rest of the nation at the minute, everyone is in limbo and not sure what we’re headed towards or when it’s going to end. That’s probably been the biggest challenge in all of it, during the lockdown and so on, doing your sessions and not knowing when this is going to be coming to an end or what you’re working towards; just knowing, ‘Today, I’ve got to do this’ and just getting through it. We’re doing that in a more pleasant environment now and among our team-mates, so it’s just about enjoying the moment I think and taking each session at a time. We’re blessed to be working under these circumstances, out on the pitch doing what we love. That’s enough to keep us going for now

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Joe Gomez says Liverpool are so grateful to have Henderson] So much credit has got to be given to Hendo. Hopefully within the last few months and seasons he has started to get the recognition he deserves. He is an unbelievable person for me. I’m blessed to have had a captain like him over the last five years, [he’s] just been the most approachable person possible and been such a leader in different ways, on and off the pitch. He has taken massive responsibility on in these last few months and it’s been nice in a different way, I think. You see the leader on the pitch, the person that leads by example, but I think off it some of the things he has done and organised have been massive – not just for him, and bigger than this club, [it] has united organisations, the Premier League. As footballers, it has given us the platform to come across in the right way and do our bit. Hendo will hopefully continue to get the recognition he deserves because I think here, among us as a club, we’re so grateful to have him as our leader

2020 06 04 Retrieve

[Joe Gomez says Liverpool have the formula for more trophies] As a collective, we’ve got so many experienced players here and guys who have played for massive clubs and won things at different places. I think it is that mix of youth and experience that we’ve got in the team that probably makes such a good blend at the minute. People like Trent [Alexander-Arnold], that really embody the city and what it means to be a Liverpool player, then the likes of Hendo [Jordan Henderson], that is a leader who has been here for so many years. Having so many individuals within the team that embrace playing for the club and really enjoy what it means to be a Liverpool player is hopefully what is going to create the formula for winning many more trophies and having more success

[Reflecting on his time with the Reds] It’s had its ups and downs and some periods have gone quicker than others, but I am so grateful to be at this club and to be coming up to my fifth year is something I definitely appreciate. Hopefully it is just the start of the journey; five years is a pretty decent length of time, but I hope it is just sort of the opening chapters of what can be many more years here. It has definitely been special times and I have definitely grown a lot here. I’ve done most of my growing up as an adult, coming here at 18. I’ve learned so much about the club and about the city. It’s been a pleasure