Rush urges Liverpool to keep ‘quality’ defender amid transfer links

Date published: Thursday 2nd December 2021 5:16 - Lewis Oldham

Ian Rush on Joe Gomez

Ian Rush has called for Liverpool to keep Joe Gomez, amid reports linking him with Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa, as he is a “quality defender”.

Gomez has been linked with a move to Aston Villa in recent days. They are now managed by Liverpool legend Gerrard, who replaced Dean Smith last month.

After breaking through at Charlton, Gomez joined Liverpool in 2015 for around £3.5m.

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The Englishman has been a first team regular for Liverpool since 2017 and he struck up a good partnership with Virgil van Dijk.

His 2020/21 season was hampered as he suffered a serious knee injury. He has returned to full fitness but he has only played twice for the Reds in the Premier League this term.

As reported by Birmingham Live, Rush has encouraged Gomez to fight for his place at Liverpool:

“Transfer rumours are beginning to circulate, as always at this time of year, and one of the names being linked with a move away from Anfield is Joe Gomez, who has struggled for gametime this season as he continues his comeback from a bad injury last season,” Rush said.

“Apparently Gerrard is interested in bringing him to Villa and I can see why – he’s a quality player and there’s no doubt he would strengthen Aston Villa, that’s all Stevie will have in his mind.

“But I think Liverpool would be wise to keep hold of him. There are always transfer rumours when the January transfer window is around the corner and it’s difficult to know what to believe, but I don’t see Liverpool looking to offload many players.

“From Joe’s point of view, I suppose he will be starting to think about the 2022 World Cup. He’ll want to be a part of that but he needs to be playing regular football if he’s to go to Qatar. But if he can get a few more games under his belt and get his match fitness up then I still see him as a key part of this Liverpool squad.

“We’ll just have to see how it pans out for him, but I think January would be too soon for him to jump ship. I’d like to see him stay and fight for his place because, for me, when he’s in peak condition he’s a world class defender.”

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