By George Brooks
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has thanked his manager Jurgen Klopp for the opportunities he has given him at club level, after his outstanding display for England against Brazil last night.
The 20-year-old stole the show on his full international debut as England held the five-time World Cup winners to goalless draw at Wembley.
After the game Gomez thanked his Liverpool boss for the faith he has shown in him this season.
“This opportunity wouldn’t have come without playing club football and minutes for my club. That’s something I’ve got to be thankful for,” Gomez told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“He’s [Klopp} given me great opportunities this season and also taught me a lot and took me under his guidance.
“For opportunities like this I have to give thanks to him for the opportunities he’s given me back at my club.”
Gomez has played nine Premier League games for Liverpool under Klopp this season.
His impressive performances for the Reds have not gone unnoticed, with manager Gareth Southgate handing him his first call-up to the England senior squad.
He made his international debut on Friday when he replaced the injured Phil Jones in the first half against world champions Germany.
The youngster was England’s standout player last night, playing in a back-three alongside John Stones and Harry Maguire.
Gomez started out as a centre-back for Charlton Athletic but he has been used on the right side of the Liverpool’s back-four by Klopp this season.
His man-of-the-match performance at Wembley has caused Liverpool fans to call for Klopp to play him in the centre of their defence.
The Reds return to Premier League action against Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.
In other Liverpool news, there is bad news for Reds fans ahead of the January transfer window.