Liverpool proceeds to the next round. And Klopp praises his hero of the match against Derby County.
The Liverpool hero against Derby County
Last night at Anfield, Liverpool narrowly advanced to the next round of the Carabao Cup after eliminating Derby County on penalties. Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly be delighted that his team was able to secure the victory in the end.
On Wednesday night, the current champions were kept to a scoreless draw by the League One guests, but because of Caoimhin Kelleher’s best-possible goaltending, Liverpool ultimately advanced to the next round of the domestic championship.
Joe Gomez’s stats in yesterday’s clash
The Reds struggled to break down the Rams throughout the match despite having a huge 74% of the possession, 19 shots on goal, three significant opportunities, and 86% more accurate passes completed than the Rams (64%).
From the lineup that defeated Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Klopp made 11 changes with a completely new starting XI. He also gave five full senior debuts to some of the most promising young players in the Merseysiders’ academy.
Even though Liverpool found it difficult to win the game outright, one man puts in a lot of effort during the match to serve as an inspiration to his younger teammates.
Another of Klopp’s heroes that evening was Joe Gomez. He appeared to enjoy his responsibilities as captain and thus, pleased the Liverpool manager eventually for leading the team to a commanding victory.
The 25-year-old center back, who Jack Sear has previously referred to as a “monster,” was undoubtedly that on Wednesday night. He had a significant impact, as seen by the staggering 120 touches and 100 accurate passes of the ball.
Throughout his assured and commanding performance, the center-back was eager to advance the play from the back. He provided 18 long balls while also winning six out of ten defensive duels, completing two clearances, and making one tackle.