By Laura O’Leary
Ragnar Klavan has revealed that Joe Gomez’s work attitude and willingness to learn earned him his England call up and a shock start against Brazil.
In an interview Liverpool FC’s official website, the 32-year-old complimented the young defender’s England performances but revealed he expected them.
“I could see already when I came last year that he’s eager to learn and he’s training hard, doing the extra work and this is the key to make those steps forward and I’m really happy for him.”
Klavan is not a stranger to international football as he has amassed 122 international caps for Estonia and even scored three goals despite being a defender.
The Estonian international has been at the Reds a year less than 20-year-old Gomez having joined the team in July 2016 from FC Augsburg.
So far this season the 32-year has played eight times across all competitions for Liverpool,including five league appearances, with Gomez featuring more than him.
The 20-year-old has made 12 appearances across all contests, nine in the league and has benefited from Nathaniel Clyne’s unfortunate injury woes that have ruled him out since the start of the season.
Gomez’s rise to prominence for England cam after impressing for the Reds, but ithas actually cost Liverpool and financially benefited his old team Charlton Athletic.
Liverpool as part of their transfer agreement with Charlton Athletic agreed to pay £250,000 if Gomez was to ever start a game for England.
The defender made his debut as a substitute in the international friendly against Germany before getting the nod to start against Brazil in England’s last outing.