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Joe Gomez was Liverpool’s unsung hero in their Merseyside derby victory

Joe Gomez was Liverpool’s unsung hero in their Merseyside derby victory

Liverpool supporters have been very buoyant in recent times after seeing their side leave it late to win the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their meeting with bitter rivals Everton having won each of their last two league games, but having suffered defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in midweek. Yet the Reds maintained their impressive unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a 1-0 victory over the Toffees, with Divock Origi heading home in the sixth minute of added time after a Jordan Pickford error to seal all three points for Klopp’s side.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have unsurprisingly been heaping praise on striker Origi for netting the winner, in what was his first league appearance for the club this season.

The Belgium international deserves great praise for following in on Virgil van Dijk’s miscued volley, with the 23-year-old then in the right place at the right time to benefit from Pickford’s error to send Anfield into delirium.

But it was far from plain sailing for the Reds on Sunday, with Klopp needing young centre back Joe Gomez, valued at £25.2 million by Transfermarkt, to be at his very best to thwart the threat posed by Silva’s ever-improving Everton.

Ultimately, England international Gomez has enjoyed an excellent season in the heart of Klopp’s backline, disposing Dejan Lovren of the centre back role alongside Virgil van Dijk and making it his own following a string of impressive performances.

And the 21-year-old former Charlton Athletic man produced another commanding display to help the unconvincing Reds to all three points on Sunday, with Gomez winning three of the four aerial duels he contested over the course of the 90 minutes, as well as making a team-high five clearances to help Klopp’s men keep yet another clean sheet (as per WhoScored).

But perhaps the most telling moment was in the first half as, following a wonderful save from Alisson to deny Andre Gomes, it was Gomez himself who reacted quickest to clear the ball off the line – he sensed the danger expertly, and then dealt with it brilliantly.

Overall, it was far from a vintage performance from Klopp’s side, and Everton certainly had their moments to secure a famous win at Anfield, only for Origi to emerge from out of the wilderness to net the winner late on.

But that wouldn’t have been possible were it not for the excellent defensive efforts from 21-year-old Gomez, whose sensational goal line clearance epitomised the brilliant defensive word he carried out to help inspire the hosts to all three points on Sunday – he was the real hero in Liverpool’s last-gasp victory at Anfield.

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