“Going to be difficult” – Expert says £95k-p/w Liverpool star will struggle to get back into XI
According to sources the Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is fit but it would be difficult for him to get back into the starting eleven.
The Reds defender could return to the squad but it is ‘going to be difficult’ to displace the current starting defenders according to GIVEMESPORT.
Journalist Ben Dinnery said:
“It’s going to be difficult to displace those unless somebody has an issue and then you’re then talking about is it Joel Matip or is it Gomez? Gomez could come on the right but Alexander-Arnold is really playing himself back in.
We’re talking about a defence now in the league with six Premier League clean sheets in seven games. So, you know, that backline is doing a pretty realistic job.”
Liverpool earned a thumping 7-0 victory against their arch-rivals Manchester United. The Merseyside giants defensive pair Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate’s solid partnership made Liverpool look like their old selves again.
After their solid performance at Anfield, it is quite difficult for Klopp to change the defensive pairing at this stage of the season. Gomez was out for the last three games due to injury and the Reds have finally looked settled after United’s victory this season. The change in the defensive department could alter the stability that the English club currently has in the squad.
The 25-year-old was subbed off against the 14 times Champions League winners Real Madrid. The defender has always been a key part of Klopp’s starting eleven but at this point in time it is difficult for the manager to change anything in the squad.
Meanwhile, the return of Konate is undoubtedly a good news for the German boss and LFC fans. The French defender has missed 13 games so far due to two separate injuries. His return does increase the depth of the current squad in this crucial part of the season.
Klopp on Joe Gomez
When the Merseyside head coach was asked about the situation, he said
“It is going to be difficult to those unless somebody has an issue and then you are then talking about is it Joel Matip or it is Gomez? Gomez could come on the right but Alexander-Arnold is really playing himself back in.”
The 55-year-old further added saying:
“We are talking about a defence now in the league with six Premier League clean sheets in seven games. So, you know, that backline is doing a pretty realistic job. But, in terms of maybe returning to the bench or the match day squad, I certainly would not rule out this weekend.”
Next up for Liverpool is a trip to Vitality Stadium as they get ready to face Bournemouth this Saturday.