June 20, 2015 18:24:56 UK
Joe Gomez says he is excited at the chance to play in the Premier League after sealing a move to Liverpool.
The England under-19 defender moves to Anfield from Charlton Athletic for £3.5m and is already Brendan Rodgers fourth signing of the summer, following earlier deals for James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan.
The style of football and the top players here was somewhere that I wanted to go and get better and learn.
Gomez came through the youth ranks at Charlton, making 24 appearances for the London club last season, mainly at right back, though he also plays as a central defender.
After confirming the move to Merseyside he told Liverpool’s official website he can’t wait for the new season.
He said: “It’s a dream come true. It’s a bit surreal and it hasn’t really hit me yet. But I’m buzzing and just excited to get started.
“The club has got great history and it’s a great club, and one that I’ve always been following from when I was young.
“The style of football and the top players here was somewhere that I wanted to go and get better and learn, and play good football. It was an easy decision.”
The latest signing is unlikely to be the last for Brendan Rodgers with question marks remaining over several of last season’s squad, notably Italian forwards Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini who may both move on.
The arrival of Gomez may also signal another departure in defence with Sebastian Coates possibly moving permanently to Sunderland having spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light.
Liverpool, who start the 2015-16 season away to Stoke City, are 1.04 at to finish in the top half of the Premier League next season and are 3.75 to finish in the top four.
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