The Reds signed Gomez from Charlton Athletic for a transfer fee of £4.90 back in the summer of 2015. Since then, he has made 121 appearances for the club. He had established himself as a regular starter for Liverpool and had formed a formidable partnership alongside Virgil van Dijk before a serious knee injury curtailed his 2020-21 season.
The 23-year old has been instrumental to Red’s recent success, helping the club win the Champions League after 14 years, in the 2019-20 season. The following season, Liverpool won their first-ever Premier League title, with Gomez playing 28 league matches that season. They also had the league’s best defence in that season conceding just 33 goals in 38 games.
Signing Gomez as a talented teenager for such a low fee has proven to be a hugely successful piece of business for Liverpool.
Tony Adams on Arsenal signing
Former Arsenal centre-back Tony Adams has heavily criticized the club’s recent recruitment policy. He believes that Sporting director Edu hasn’t been smart enough with his decisions. Also, Edu is not giving the youngster a chance to showcase their talents.
The two-time Premier League champion has also claimed that he would have brought in Aston Villa’s Matty Cash and Liverpool’s Joe Gomez if he was in charge of the club. Gomez has actually impressed Adams over the years. Speaking to Stadium Astro, Adams said:
“For me, as a sports director and I’ve been sports director at seven clubs, you kind of spot your weaknesses. Where are your kids coming through? Okay, we’re going to have to leave room there because we have some real talent. You have to give the kids an opportunity, if you think they are going to come through.
Where we’ve done wrong, is we haven’t pinpointed areas of recruitment. I love Cash, for instance, at Villa. He’s a Londoner. Gomez is another Londoner! He’s a wonderful footballer. One of the best central defenders in the country. Those kinds of kids.”
Arsenal and Liverpool recent signings
The Gunners have spent big in recent transfer windows. They spent £35 million on Granit Xhaka in 2016, £56 million on Pierre Emerick-Aubameyand in January 2018, £72 million on Nicolas Pepe last summer, and recently, £50 million on Thomas Partey.
It’s fair to say only Aubameyang has been valued for money for Arsenal. But he is also on £350,000-a-week. Others have either struggled with injuries or have failed to live up to the expectations.
Whereas Liverpool, they have also spent huge money in the transfer window. The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Fabinho, and Mohammad Salah have cost Liverpool £221 million. But each and every one of them have played their roles in Red’s recent success. And they have a blend of youth as well with Trent-Alexander Arnold and Curtis Jones now a crucial part of the first team. They were the best team in the country last season and in Europe prior to that.
As Tony Adams suggests, Arsenal needs to make smart and savvy businesses, like Liverpool, to compete with the best teams in the world and get their mojo back.