He will be first-choice centre-back – Liverpool hero hails 20-year-old star

JOE GOMEZ will be first-choice centre-back at Liverpool next season.

That’s according to Reds hero Paul Walsh who’s backing the talented youngster to kick on.

Gomez has become a regular at full-back for Liverpool this term.

The 20-year-old hasn’t looked out of place and made his England debut against Germany as a centre-back earlier in the year.

Right-back Nathaniel Clyne is battling back from injury and Walsh insists Gomez will have more opportunities to impress at centre-back.

“I think next season Gomez will be a centre-half, one of the permanent ones I think alongside one of the others,” Walsh said.

“That’s what I believe and then Clyne and Trent (Alexander-Arnold) will be vying for that right-back spot.”

On hearing Walsh’s opinion, Paul Merson waded in.

The former Arsenal ace was not too optimistic for Liverpool’s title chances next season.

“When you read that out like that and this is no disrespect to those young kids because they’re only young kids and it does take time, they’re playing at a big, big football club, one of the biggest in the world,” Merson said.

“But it isn’t going to win you the Premier League, it’s not going to win you the Premier League.

“I know it’s a shame but when you’re a big club like Liverpool, they don’t need five-years time.

“It’s been 27 years now, they don’t need 28, 29, 30, 31.”