Liverpool supporters have been relatively satisfied in recent times after seeing their side maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season over the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their encounter with fellow pace-setters Manchester City having won six and drawn the other of their opening seven league games, sitting just behind Pep Guardiola’s side on goal difference in the table. And the two title challengers played out a somewhat surprising goalless draw at Anfield on Sunday to keep their unbeaten starts to the season going heading into the campaign’s second international break.
Thus, there have been many satisfied Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from BBC pundit Garth Crooks, who has been raving about the efforts of Liverpool ace Joe Gomez.
The former striker was clearly very impressed with the England international against the Citizens at the weekend, stating that he was as ‘safe as houses’ and ‘one you can rely upon’, but given his unease at right back following the return to the side of Dejan Lovren, Crooks couldn’t be further from the truth.
Ultimately, 21-year-old Gomez was given the chance to shine alongside Virgil van Dijk in the early phase of the season, what with Lovren out injured, and the Englishman certainly took that chance to underline his capabilities in the heart of the defence – he earned a return to the England squad as a result.
In fact, it’s arguable that Gomez actually outperformed van Dijk in those first few matches, yet Klopp saw fit to bring the experienced Lovren back into the starting eleven against City, which prompted the Liverpool chief to move Gomez out to right back in place of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
And the 21-year-old produced arguably his most unconvincing performance of the season down the right-hand-side, what with his miskick resulting in Sergio Aguero picking the ball up just a few yards away from Alisson’s goal, from which Lovren clumsily bundled the Citizens forward to the ground, and was thus fortunate to get away without conceding a penalty.
And with substitute Leroy Sane finding much room down the City left en route to prompting the foul from the despairing van Dijk five minutes from time, it’s arguable that Gomez was in part at fault for that moment as well – fortunately for him, Liverpool got away with both incidents and earned a point from the encounter.
Yes, Crooks is right to suggest that Gomez has enjoyed a fine season and on the whole is a reliable defender at Premier League level, but he is wrong to make that point after Sunday’s clash against Guardiola’s City, in which the 21-year-old was uncomfortable at right back for large chunks of the clash.
As such, while Gomez deserves credit for the season he has had so far, Crook has got it wrong to rave about his exploits against City on Sunday.
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