Garth Crooks compares Liverpool's Joe Gomez to two Chelsea legends

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool gives the thumbs up to his players during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 02, 2018 in Liverpool,...

Joe Gomez was terrific as Liverpool beat Everton 1-0 in Sunday's dramatic Merseyside derby to keep their Premier League title hopes alive.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT)  Jurgen Klopp Manager of Liverpool  with Joe Gomez Celebrates at the end of  the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on...

Few are talking about Joe Gomez in the aftermath of Sunday’s Merseyside derby with between Liverpool and Everton on Sunday.

This is not the defender’s fault, however. Thanks to Jordan Pickford’s howler, Divock Origi’s 96th minute winner and Jurgen Klopp’s wild-eyed celebration, Gomez’s performance has fallen well down the pecking order of talking points.

But the England international’s heroics didn’t pass Garth Crooks by. The BBC’s long-serving curmudgeon has included Gomez in his Team of the Week, pointing to his dramatic goal-line clearance to deny Andre Gomes a certain strike in the first-half at Anfield.

 

It was the sort of heroic defending that has Crooks comparing Gomez to a pair of Chelsea and England legends.

“How the England centre-back kept the ball out of Liverpool's net with Allison beaten during Sunday's game with Everton, I will never know,” Crooks wrote.

“Gomez is starting to display a sixth sense when it comes to the dangers in and around his own penalty area. Defenders such as Ashley Cole and John Terry had it, and so does this lad.”

(L-R) John Terry and Ashley Cole (R) of Chelsea react  after a decision by Referee Howard Webb during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on...

It is hard to believe now that the 21-year-old was struggling for game time when Klopp initially took over at Anfield, largely in part to a serious cruciate ligament injury that forced him to wait patiently in reserve.

But Gomez has established himself as Virgil Van Dijk’s first choice centre-back partner after Dejan Lovren’s belated return from World Cup duty.

Richarlison of Everton runs with the ball under pressure from Joe Gomez of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 2, 2018 in...

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