What Liverpool fans have noticed about Gomez after City win is slightly concerning

Liverpool’s centre-back situation has been a hot topic of conversation amongst Kopites ever since Virgil van Dijk’s £75 million arrival.

Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan are all in contention to be the Dutchman’s partner in defence, but the player a lot of Liverpool fans actually want alongside him is Joe Gomez.

Gomez, 20, has been hugely impressive for the Reds at right-back ever since bursting on to the scene earlier this season and even Jurgen Klopp sees his future at centre-back.

“There is no doubt about that,” said the German when asked if Gomez is ready to play in central defence. “Joe knows about his little issues but he is still a young lad.

“He has to improve in a lot of parts but of course he is ready. He is a fantastic player. I want to use him. He is ready but he can play at full-back as well. That is very good for us.

“He was injured in a time in his life when people are still growing and that is a medical thing. We want to have him for the next 15 years, hopefully.”

Klopp clearly rates Gomez very highly, yet he’s continued playing the Englishman at right-back and did so once again against Manchester City on Sunday.

With Van Dijk out injured, Klopp opted for a centre-back partnership of Lovren and Matip and deployed Gomez out wide.

And while Gomez had a decent game up against Leroy Sane at Anfield, Liverpool fans noticed something slightly concerning about the youngster.

For the third time this season, Gomez made a costly error that led to a goal, having previously been at fault against Arsenal and West Ham.

Liverpool took the lead through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but when Kyle Walker’s cross-field ball found Sane, Gomez misjudged the flight of the ball and was in no man’s land.

Sane then charged into the box and beat Loris Karius, forcing Liverpool fans to accuse Gomez of making yet another simple mistake and not being a right-back.


It’s these kinds of errors Gomez needs to cut out of his game, regardless of where he plays, but luckily for him Liverpool managed to see out a 4-3 victory.

The 20-year-old also could have prevented City’s third goal but gave Sergio Aguero too much space to cross for Ilkay Gundogan.