Joe Gomez is an inspiration for any child growing up in a London low or middle-income home and who wants to make it big in life, even though in his case he chose football. His story is not only one that tells of a journey from rags to riches, but also one that teaches patience and determination.
The English international, who plays his club football for Liverpool FC, has crossed the trenches of life to be called today the most complete ball-playing defender to emerge from England in recent years. He is known for his versatility in the game anywhere in defense, as well as his power and strength, which allow him to dominate the opponent.
Joe Gomez’ Bio
Joe Gomez was born Joseph Dave Gomez on May 23, 1997, in Catford, a borough in southeast London. From an early age, Gomez dreamed of making it big as a footballer. He reportedly had pictures of big Premier League stars such as Rio Ferdinand on his wall, hoping one day to realize his dream.
Gomez began his journey to the top of the Sunday League, where he was scouted by nearby south-east London club Charlton Athletic. According to Gomez, Charlton invited him to a six-week trial, after which he was rejected by the club. Despite his broken heart, the boy returned to the Sunday League and continued to show the kind of performance that had earned him a trial in the first place. A few months later, Charlton sent him another invitation, this time including him in his academy program.
As a 10-year-old, Gomez seemed to have his head and shoulders above his peers. Within three years of joining the Academy, he made his debut on the club’s under-18 team, proving his growth and ability. These skills did not go unnoticed as major clubs began to enlist his services, but Gomez remained with The Addicks and signed his first professional contract with the team in 2014 when he came of age. A few months earlier, he had already made his debut in the first team, when he played for Charlton in his first senior team, a total of 24 appearances for Charlton.
After completing his development somewhat, the next step for Joe Gomez was to join a larger club that matched his personal ambitions. In the transfer window of summer 2015, the versatile defender came to Liverpool for a fee of around £3.5 million. He made his first-team debut on 9 August 2015 in a game against Stoke City, where he scored the only goal of the match. In that year, everything went according to plan for the player until he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the international match for the English U21 team.
Joe Gomez spent an entire year on the sidelines before returning to training to continue his career where he left off. In January 2017, he competed in an FA Cup match against Plymouth Argyle for the first time since the terrible injury in 2015. In the months that followed, he made several appearances as a substitute before consolidating the correct position as his own, largely due to the injury of the previous incumbent. Since then, the player has been a full-fledged England international and one of the first names on the Liverpool team roster.
Joe Gomez has three sisters and one brother. He credits his entire family, especially his Gambian father Gus and his English mother Linda, for playing a very significant role in making him not only a player but the person he is today.
Gomez attributes his prudence to his parents, who he says helped him make the decisions that led to his playing at the highest level today. He revealed that as a teenager he did not get carried away by the interests of the big Premier League clubs and their big-money offers. It was made clear to him that he had to go through his development phase and gain valuable experience as a young lad in the first team before he could jump at every opportunity that needed careful consideration.
Height, Weight, Body Statistics, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Joseph Dave Gomez
Date of Birth: 23 May 1997
Place of Birth: Catford, London
Height: 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m)
Weight: 196 pounds (89 kg)