Premier League New Boys Brighton Said to Be 'Quietly Confident' of Landing Liverpool Youngster

Wednesday July 19th, 2017

​Newly-promoted Brighton have expressed their confidence in signing Liverpool defender Joe Gomez this summer.

The young centre-back, who can also play at left-back, has worked his way back from a long term knee injury, and could be playing in the Premier League.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 06: Joe Gomez of Liverpool looks on from the stands during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between FC Barcelona and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Camp Nou on December 6, 2016 in Barcelona, . (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The 20-year-old ruptured his ACL early on in his Anfield career, which will undoubtedly have slowed down his development.

Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of Gomez, and even scouted him during his time as Borussia Dortmund manager and will have a decision to make on the former Charlton Athletic prospect.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Diafra Sakho of West Ham United and Joe Gomez of Liverpool compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on August 29, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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The ​Argus report that Seagulls boss Chris Hughton is hopeful of securing a temporary move for Gomez, but that big fan Klopp is not in any rush to sanction of loan deal.

It may well be that the future of the England U21 international could depend on Liverpool signing a new centre-half, after a move to bring Virgil van Dijk to the club fell through.

They have also been linked Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly and Stefan De Vrij of Lazio, and the signing of either of those players could determine what happens to Gomez this summer.

Brighton remain hopeful they can secure Gomez, after already signing goalkeeper Maty Ryan for a club record £5m fee.

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