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Klopp must stick with Gomez at the back or risk jeopardising Liverpool’s promising season

Klopp must stick with Gomez at the back or risk jeopardising Liverpool’s promising season

After receiving much criticism for how they defended last season, Liverpool appear to have turned a corner and are looking more defensively solid this time round.

Apart from an embarrassing blunder from Alisson against Leicester City and a poor bit of marking from a set piece versus Tottenham, Jurgen Klopp’s men have been impenetrable domestically.

Joe Gomez, in particular, has performed exceptionally well. The English youngster, however, could soon find his spot in the starting XI in danger.

The Breakdown

Following the club’s dramatic 3-2 Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, Liverpool confirmed Dejan Lovren had returned to full training having recovered from a pelvis injury.

With the Croatian sidelined, £19.8m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Gomez has filled in in central defence alongside Virgil van Dijk, but will now be sweating on his place.

Despite how error-prone and the constant lapses in concentration Lovren has, the 29-year-old is still highly rated by Klopp.

That being said, Gomez is playing at a level more than good enough to retain his spot in the side.

The England international has been confident, composed and most importantly, defensively solid in Lovren’s absence.

With the way Liverpool’s defence is playing collectively, it would be silly for Klopp to start shaking things up as soon as he decides Lovren is fit enough to play.

Instead, the Liverpool boss should persist with Gomez, who has looked immense at the back with van Dijk, rather than unnecessarily risk jeopardising the team’s defensive solidity by introducing Lovren back into the side.

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