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Joe Gomez is on the wrong side - Harry Redknapp questions Liverpool's tactics

Harry Redknapp

The summer signing has found himself in an unfamiliar role this season.

Harry Redknapp has questioned Liverpool's use of summer signing Joe Gomez at left-back and suggested that it leaves the Reds as an unbalanced team.

Speaking at the Telegraph’s Total Live Football event, Redknapp was scathing when the topic of Liverpool’s prospects came up and singled out their defensive choices for criticism.

“The left-back (Joe Gomez) is a good young player who can’t kick with his left foot but he is playing at left-back,” said the former QPR boss.

“He’s a fantastic talent, strong, quick. But what will he give you on the left? He is on the wrong side. They look a badly balanced team to me. Sorry, I can’t have Liverpool.”

While the former Charlton Athletic defender has impressed with the ease at which he has made the transition from the Championship to the Premier League, there remain doubts as to whether he is Liverpool’s long-term solution at left-back.

We’ve compared a selection of his statistics in the first four Premier League games with his right-sided counterpart Nathaniel Clyne.

  AssistsChances CreatedSuccessful Take-onsTackles WonInterceptionsBlocksClearancesMins Played
Joe Gomez 1 3 0 9 10 3 18 347
Nathaniel Clyne 0 2 0 8 8 3 10 360

Surprisingly, Gomez edges it on the attacking front, registering one assist and creating three chances in total, but the lack of adventure from both full-backs is evidenced by their failure to register a single successful take-on between them.

From a defensive standpoint, both players are neck and neck, with Gomez winning one more tackle and making two more interceptions than Clyne, while both having made an equal amount of blocks.

Gomez has made nearly double the amount of clearances, however, suggesting a lack of composure or superior positioning - depending on one's outlook.

The statistics paint a surprising picture and are testament to how well Gomez has done in his brief time at Anfield, but do suggest some merit to Redknapp's claims.

The versatile defender is clearly limited at left-back as a right-footed performer and with the likes of Alberto Moreno waiting in the wings, there are other options for Liverpool to explore.

Given the less than convincing start made by both Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren, moving Gomez central and utilising Moreno's natural side could prove a shrewd move.

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