The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling slightly more chipper this evening…
After a tough few weeks for the Anfield faithful, Jurgen Klopp finally provided some respite against Man Utd, with the Reds able to secure a draw with the Red Devils on Saturday afternoon. It was a game that Liverpool were expected to find very tough, but they really held their own in the end, though the decision from Jose Mourinho to play defensively certainly worked in their favour. Still, Liverpool deserve some credit, and there were a few players that really stood out for the Reds. One such player was Joe Gomez. Gomez has impressed this term, and his fine form continued against the Red Devils. His performance even warranted inclusion within Garth Crooks’ Team of the Week, and the BBC pundit has been quick to lavish praise upon the young English defender.
Crooks wrote: “Thankfully, Liverpool did their best to make a game of it and none more so than the impressive Joe Gomez. This is a young, versatile English player who can play as a full-back or in central defence”.
He was sure to fire a sly dig at the rest of the Liverpool team, though, stating: “What I like about him is he can actually defend, which is a rare quality in Liverpool’s defence these days”.
It’s tough to argue with Crooks here, with Liverpool struggling at the back this term. To be fair to Dejan Lovren, who has garnered a lot of negative attention this year, the Croatian impressed on Saturday, but Gomez was still the standout player in the Liverpool first team, particularly defensively.
Gomez looks a real talent, and Jurgen Klopp certainly seems ready to use him.
He’s versatile, as Crooks points out, and given how short on depth the Reds are at the back, this could be very useful long-term.
If he can keep his fine form up, he could be the catalyst in Liverpool’s defensive turnaround.
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