# Investing in youth
Liverpool have signed a promising young English defender
Chartlon Athletic defender Joe Gomez is the Reds’ fourth summer arrival.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Ipswich Town v Charlton Athletic - Portman Road EMPICS Sport Gomez was a regular for Charlton last season. EMPICS Sport

LIVERPOOL HAVE ANNOUNCED the signing of highly-rated defender Joe Gomez from Charlton Athletic.

The 18-year-old, who can play either centre-half or full-back, made 24 appearances for the Championship club last season and also represented England at U-19 level.

A fee of around €4.9m (£3.5m) is believed to have been paid to the Addicks, while the deal sees Gomez tied down to a five-year contract.

He is Liverpool’s fourth transfer of the summer after James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan.

“It’s a dream come true,” Gomez told the club’s website. “It’s a bit surreal and it hasn’t really hit me yet. But I’m buzzing and just excited to get started.

The club has got great history and it’s a great club, and one that I’ve always been following from when I was young.

“The style of football and the top players here was somewhere that I wanted to go and get better and learn, and play good football. It was an easy decision.”

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