Joe Gomez will be hoping to earn more regular game time with Liverpool during these coming weeks.
Former Premier League manager Steve McClaren has waxed-lyrical about Liverpool’s Joe Gomez and the qualities he has as a modern-day defender.
Centre-back Gomez was recently on international duty with England, but he didn’t feature for Gareth Southgate’s side, but his club teammates, Jordan Henderson, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold did.
At club level, Jurgen Klopp started Gomez on the opening day of the Premier League season, but since then, the German has reverted back to the duo – Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk – that worked wonders for him last season.
Speaking to Football Centre on Sky Sports News (10/09/2019 10:55 am), McClaren stated that he was amazed by Gomez when he first saw him as a youngster when he was playing for Charlton.
“Again, a modern-day centre-back,” McClaren told Sky Sports News. “I remember seeing him at Charlton when he was playing right-back. Wow! He could defend. One-on-one he never got beat.
“I always saw him as a right-back, but Klopp’s tried him at centre-back. Purely for the fact that the way Liverpool want to play and how England want to play also. On the front foot, in your opponents half, so you have to defend on the halfway line. Gomez is quick and he is intelligent. And he would be able to recover if he were to get exposed.”
Considering the two players in front of him at Liverpool, Gomez would have to wait until Klopp either rotates Matip before he can earn game time.
Another way he can earn some game time is if Klopp decided to rotate Alexander-Arnold because Liverpool have a very busy schedule coming up.
Along with Premier League football, Klopp’s side will enter the EFL Cup and begin the defence of their European crown this month.