Joe Gomez looks set to start tonight, days after admitting Liverpool frustration

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Joe Gomez with Joel Matip of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on August 27, 2019 in Liverpool, England.

Joe Gomez looks set to start for Liverpool against Red Bull Salzburg.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Joe Gomez with Joel Matip of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on August 27, 2019 in Liverpool, England.

Liverpool take on Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League this evening, and will be looking for a win having lost to Napoli in their first group stage game.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to kickstart this season's Champions League campaign, but he will have to do it without defender Joel Matip.

Matip will miss out through injury tonight, and having impressed in the early stages of this season, his absence from the Liverpool defence will be felt.

 

It does though give Joe Gomez a chance to impress, with the 22-year-old struggling for playing time given how impressive Matip has been alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Since starting in the Community Shield game with Manchester City and on the opening day of the season against Norwich City, Gomez has played just three times.

Last week, Gomez told the London Evening Standard that he was frustrated with his situation, admitting that sitting on the bench had been difficult to take.

Joe Gomez of Liverpool during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Milton Keynes Dons and Liverpool at Stadium mk on September 25, 2019 in Milton Keynes, England.

The £28,000-a-week ace (Spotrac) not only wants to be playing for Liverpool, but he will need playing time to feature for England at EURO 2020, with his situation this season extra frustrating for that reason.

Now, he has a great opportunity to impress tonight, and potentially keep his place ahead of Matip in the Liverpool defence ahead of the weekend clash with Leicester City.

This is the golden chance Gomez has been looking for this season, and he can't let that pass. If he's to regain his place alongside Van Dijk, then he needs to seize these rare first-team chances with both hands.

Joel Matip of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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